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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.

Director:

Robert De Niro

Writers:

Chazz Palminteri (screenplay by), Chazz Palminteri (based on his play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Lorenzo
Chazz Palminteri ... Sonny
Lillo Brancato ... Calogero (Age 17)
Francis Capra ... Calogero (Age 9)
Taral Hicks ... Jane
Kathrine Narducci ... Rosina
Clem Caserta Clem Caserta ... Jimmy Whispers
Alfred Sauchelli Jr. ... Bobby Bars
Frank Pietrangolare Frank Pietrangolare ... Danny K.O.
Joe Pesci ... Carmine
Robert D'Andrea Robert D'Andrea ... Tony Toupee
Eddie Montanaro Eddie Montanaro ... Eddie Mush
Fred Fischer Fred Fischer ... JoJo the Whale
Dave Salerno Dave Salerno ... Frankie Coffeecake
Joseph D'Onofrio ... Slick (Age 17)
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Storyline

The Bronx, New York, 1960. 9-year-old Calogero grows up admiring and fascinated by the local mob boss, Sonny. Calogero's father, Lorenzo, wants to have nothing to do with the mob and does his best to keep his son away from Sonny and mob business. However, it may prove a losing battle. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The street in front of the Chez Bippy bar is 30th Avenue in Astoria Queens, New York. Now called the American Sports Center, and is located at 4402 30th Avenue, Astoria, New York 11103. See more »

Goofs

After Lorenzo gives Sonny the money back and leaves the bar and Calogero asks where his money is Lorenzo hits Calogero, the voice-over of "C" says that was the last time his father spoke to Sonny. The last time Lorenzo speaks to Sonny is after "C" returns the car and then Sony slaps "C" and Lorenzo confronts Sonny about why he hit his son. See more »

Quotes

Calogero 'C' Anello: Mommy! Mommy! Look what I got! Some peaches... for... free.
[he sees his parents about to confront him]
Lorenzo: [showing C the wad of cash] What's this?
Calogero 'C' Anello: What's what, Dad?
Lorenzo: Where'd you get this? Your mother found it behind your drawer.
Calogero 'C' Anello: It's my savings, Dad.
Lorenzo: 600 dollars you've been saving? What'd you do, become a brain surgeon overnight, son?
Rosina Anello: Tell your father where you got the money!
Calogero 'C' Anello: I worked for it.
Lorenzo: Doin' what?
[...]
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Connections

Spin-off Jimmy Whispers Returns to Mulberry Street (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

For Your Precious Love
Written by Jerry Butler, Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks
Performed by Jerry Butler
Published by Sunflower Music Inc.
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership
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Interesting Portrait With A Killer 'Hero'
22 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is a realistic-looking and an involving story of the street life in New York City's Bronx section in the 1950s and 1960s. Excellent acting and a good job of re-creating the era and site's atmosphere are main things going for this film. Also the soundtrack is very, very good. The main problem I have with the film is the fact that a cold-blooded killer is made to be the hero - a guy that you root for! Unbelievable.

Playing that killer is Chazz Palminteri, who outperforms the more famous and great actor and co-star Robert De Niro. Actually, the co-star is Lilo Brancoto, who was recently in the news for allegedly committing a major crime himself.

Anyway, supposedly this is Palminteri's story of his childhood and features him as a young boy and then as a 17-year-old. He has a straight father (De Niro) but looks up to the area's Mafia leader "Sonny" (Palminteri), who takes the kid under his wing for not ratting on him when he witnessed him killing someone.

It may have a bad message, and gives a couple shots at the Catholic Church along the way, but the characters and the story keeps one tuned to the screen for the full two hours. It was good to see De Niro play the honest, hard-working bus driver who wants his kid to have character and not emulate the local hoods.

This is a not a movie for those who wince at the f-word because it's used frequently. This is more of man's movie, really, with males dominating and some good advice on dating and what to look for in women! "Sonny," despite being a killer, is shown to be a caring, compassionate guy who cares about young "Calogero" (Brancoto, and earlier as a 9-year-old played by Francis Capra).

There are so many mixed messages in here - good and bad - it would make your head swim, but it is a crime film very much worth investigating.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,716,456, 3 October 1993

Gross USA:

$17,287,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,287,898
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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