Gangster Sonny is the big man in the Bronx neighborhood of an Italian small boy named Calogero. A shooting witnessed by the boy (nicknamed C) is the starting point of a lasting bond between the gangster and the boy. Father (bus driver Lorenzo), however, disapproves. C grows up under the wing of both men, torn between his own natural honesty and his fascination with Sonny. C's neighborhood cronies get involved in theft, use of guns, and racial fights. When C falls for an African American girl, things don't get any easier. C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of the many faces of love. Written by
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At one point in the film, Sonny tells Calogero that he read 'Niccolo Machiavelli' during his time in prison. He later tells Calogero how he runs his gang - that he'd rather be feared than loved, because fear is something that he can control, while love is not. Sonny then goes on to stress it's important not to give his people so little that fear crosses over into hate. This concept of leadership stems directly from Machiavelli's most famous book, "The Prince." Chazz says it's better for Chazz to be loved but for Sonny to be feared. See more »
When Satan's Messengers are pulling up to the bar, you can see the street blocked off by a police officer and a crowd of onlookers watching the filming. See more »
Mickey Mantle? Is that what you're upset about? Mickey Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? You don't know? Well, see if your father can't pay the rent go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don't care about you, so why should you care about him? Nobody cares.
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Dedicated to the memory of Robert De Niro, Sr. See more »
I grew up in the Bronx during the 50s. The story, the neighborhood, the attitude and the values are all real. Maybe the inter-racial line was a bit of a stretch. Those things just didn't happen, at least not so openly. Good story, I own the video & enjoy it with my sons from time-to-time.
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