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A Bronx Tale (1993)

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lorenzo
... Sonny
... Calogero (Age 17)
... Calogero (Age 9)
... Jane
... Rosina
Clem Caserta ... Jimmy Whispers
... Bobby Bars
Frank Pietrangolare ... Danny K.O.
... Carmine
Robert D'Andrea ... Tony Toupee
Eddie Montanaro ... Eddie Mush
Fred Fischer ... JoJo the Whale
Dave Salerno ... Frankie Coffeecake
... Slick (Age 17)
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Storyline

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 Horacio Abeledo <horabe@ipcabe.uba.ar>

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One man lives in the neighborhood, another man owns it. A devoted father battles the local crime boss for the life of his son.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and several scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In den Straßen der Bronx  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,266,971
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The horse designated in the stock footage as "Kryptonite" (in the Aqueduct scene) per the jockey's silks, was owned by Harbor View Farms. Harbor View Farms owned and campaigned Triple Crown winner Affirmed. See more »

Goofs

When Calogero is sitting on his stoop before Phil gives him free peaches, he has a ball in his hand. In the next shot the ball disappears. See more »

Quotes

Priest: Don't be afraid, my son. No one is more powerful than God.
Calogero 'C' Anello: I don't know about that, father. Your guy may be bigger than my guy up there, but my guy is bigger than your guy down here.
Priest: Ya got a point.
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Dedicated to the memory of Robert De Niro, Sr. See more »

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Little Girl Of Mine
Written by Herb Cox and Morris Levy
Performed by The Cleftones
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A masterfully told tale of morals & consequences.
29 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this movie over & over like many of the people who have reviewed it. It's true that this is loosely based on the life of Chazz (C) Palmenteri who wrote the screenplay. Word is that when he was looking to make the play into a movie, he had only one condition, that he play the part of Sonny. He was rejected several times until he found Robert DeNiro & Tribeca productions. What luck for all of us too! Chazz was born to play the role of Sonny & how refreshing to see DeNiro as the humble and hardworking father figure instead of the gangster that he has so often played.

This movie has heart & a story that is actually appropriate for young adults. Despite the language & moderate violence (such as the bar scene) there isn't anything graphic (certainly not on the scale of Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan!) and no nudity, just a good story. One of the gems is that nothing is sadder than wasted talent. Thank God that Mr. Palmenteri didn't waste his and shared this wonderful story with all of us. Unforgettable movie, a definite 10 out of 10!


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