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Two Bits (1995)

 -  Drama  -  22 November 1995 (USA)
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It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Barone ...
Gennaro
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Grandpa
Patrick Borriello ...
Tullio
Andy Romano ...
Dr. Bruna
Donna Mitchell ...
Mrs. Bruna
Mary Lou Rosato ...
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Rosemary De Angelis ...
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Irish
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Ballyhoo Driver
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Guendolina
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Karen Shallo ...
Woman in Red
Nick Discenza ...
Father of Deceased
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It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to have to buy a ticket to the plush new movie theater. But grandpa's not ready to pass on the quarter or pass on to his final reward: he has some unfinished business with a woman from his past, and he enlists Gennaro to act as his emissary. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're never too old to believe in a dream. Or too young to make one come true!

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Rated PG-13 for some traumatic thematic elements | See all certifications »
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22 November 1995 (USA)  »

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A Day to Remember  »

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ITL 49,644,000 (Italy) (30 May 1997)

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ITL 99,572,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Maurice Jarre wrote a score for the film but it was rejected by producer Harvey Weinstein. See more »

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Gitano Sabatoni: Can you see my house?
Gennaro: Huh?
Gitano Sabatoni: The house God is building for me. Is it finished yet?
Gennaro: You can't really call it a house Grandpa. It's more like a palace.
Gitano Sabatoni: Ahhh, really? Wh-What's it made of?
Gennaro: It's made of gold.
Gitano Sabatoni: Nah. Made of bricks. You see when you're born... God starts building a house for you in heaven. And every time you do a good deed, he puts a brick on your house. And when you do a bad deed, he takes a brick off. So, since I did more good in my life than bad, I think maybe my house almost ...
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A Very Nice, Understated Movie
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie reminded me of some foreign films I own, low-key films which feature nice storytelling. There are no good guys vs. bad guys, no action, no blood, no sex: just a story of a day back in the Depression era in South Philadelphia.

The story centers around a young boy "Gennero" (Jerry Barone) trying to raise "two bits" (25 cents) to see a movie. It features his dying grandfather, played nicely by Al Pacino. Along the way the 12-year-old encounters interesting people and events. Pacino dishes out the usual grandfatherly advice and well meaning-but-on-Biblical theology ("God puts a brick on your house in heaven every time you do a good deed and he takes one away when you are bad.") Some have criticized Pacino for taking this role. I guess they want him to be a cop in every film. Well, he's a great actor and shows his diversified talents well in here. Whatever.....this film is loaded with charm and a nice story that's like a good book: hard to put down once you start.

At 84 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, either. Even though there is little profanity, I would not recommend this as family fare because the film touches on a disturbing doctor and his wife.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and glad to see it's out on DVD now, too.


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