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(2008)

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Contis bakery is actually a real location and was the inspiration for the story although the characters themselves are made up. The bakery is in the Morris Park section of the Bronx and has been in business since 1921.
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The bakery allowed production to shoot over the course of three weeks in the summer when they were typically closed for vacation.
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One neighbor, unhappy with the production, would blast his radio to hinder production.
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Most of the characters and cameos in the film were played by locals from the neighborhood, friends of the director or members of the production crew.
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The customers scenes were played by real local customers of Conti's Bakery.
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Mike Starr was supposed to play an off-duty police officer, however production did not have the funds to purchase him the proper uniform, so his character was changed to a rent-a-cop.
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The producers did not have enough money to complete the film, and additional funds for the film were still being secure while the crew was already in production.
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Initially the narrative was to be read by Louis, however it was changed to the character of the father (played by Vincent Pastore) after it was deemed to fit the theme of the story better.
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The owner of the bakery had a cameo which unfortunately did not make the final cut of the film.
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The chicken required a certain amount of stunt work and was played by independent professional wrestler Mike Tobin. He can be seen during the credits of the film without his mask on.
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The bakery was the primary location and the additional locations were all shot afterwards.
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Due to the stress of the primary bakery production, the entire crew (minus the key departments) needed to be replaced with a new refreshed one after the scenes in the bakery were wrapped.
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Feature film debut for Giatano Iaccono and Al Messina.
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Directorial debut of Louis Lombardi.
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Mario the rat, who owed money to Louie, was played by the same actor owed money in a Bronx tale.
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The hobo was played by one of the films executive producers.
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Producer Frank Mosca has a cameo during the customer scenes.
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The film was shot in a heatwave and there were no air conditioners on set. One crew member recorded the temperatures rise to 120 degrees which lead to some grueling conditions. This was subsequently written into the radio announcer dialogue.
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Andrew Keegans reference to the world cup was written in after Italy won during production.
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The French couple had a longer scene written for them, however it was edited out due to the fact that there accents were too heavy.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The effects in the end scene were done with some clever manipulations. Films props were burnt and destroyed. Walls were wiped with black ash, insulation was throw about, and a garden hose was run though the ceiling with holes cut in it to simulate leaking water from the destruction. The entire setup and cleanup of the final scene took 3 days.
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