224 user 54 critic

A Bronx Tale (1993)

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


Robert De Niro


Chazz Palminteri (screenplay by), Chazz Palminteri (based on his play)
2,018 ( 25)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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)


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


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


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The story, written by Chazz Palminteri, is adapted from his autobiographical one-man play. His real name is Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri. Several studios approached him to purchase the film rights, with at least one offering one million dollars, but Palminteri refused to sell to them unless he could write the screenplay, and play the role of Sonny. None of the studios agreed as they wanted to hire another actor. Then Robert De Niro offered to go into a 50/50 partnership, with all of Palminteri's conditions met, as long as De Niro could direct and play Lorenzo. Palminteri agreed, and their contract was sealed on a handshake. See more »


When Lorenzo comes outside his apartment building with young Calogero to give Sonny back the money, it's daylight. When he's walking into the bar (2 doors away), it's beginning to turn dark, and when he walks out of the bar 2 minutes later, it's nighttime. See more »


Sonny: 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.
See more »


Referenced in Vamp Bikers Tres (2016) See more »


All Along the Watchtower
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Published by Dwarf Music
Courtesy of Elber B.V.
See more »

User Reviews

In life, there's no such thing as heroes or villains but idols
21 February 2004 | by departed07See all my reviews

A Bronx Tale tells the story of a boy growing up in the Bronx that must face tough decisions between a mobster and his father the working man. Robert De Niro, in his directorial debut, shows an inside view of the mafia in the neighborhood and how an individual child idolize them just like the way the film GoodFellas showed how a kid wanted to be a gangster.

Chazz Palminteri plays Sonny, the kingpin in the neighborhood, who is not only a feared man in the Bronx but also kills a man in the streets and Lorenzo's (Robert De Niro) son, Colgero, is the witness. Lorenzo's son doesn't rat on anybody and Sonny considers the kid an okay person where he'll take care of him like a father would for his son if he does certain favors that would make Lorenzo uncomfortable.

Colgero sees different point of views from his two "fathers" where Lorenzo, his real father, is an honest bus driver who likes what he does in making a living prior to standing by in his codes of morality while Colgero sees Sonny as something of a hero since he's not a sucker like those who have to wait for bum paychecks where all he does is make a living by either killing or stealing where having power makes a man.

As Colgero grows into a teenager in the 60's, both his real father (Lorenzo) and his idol (Sonny) want the best for him with different standards and don't want to see him in the wrong direction. At the same time Colgero falls in love with a woman, a young black girl, at his high school where interracial relationships is consider a no-no to both the black community and the Italian neighborhood. It doesn't bother Colgero one bit while asking both his father and idol for advice where he's growing up to be a man.

"A Bronx Tale" is not only a life lesson movie, but a coming of age story where not only does Colgero witness everything in front of him from death to prejudice but it's about how two men from separate worlds want the best for this kid.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 224 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Facebook




English | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bronx Tale See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,716,456, 3 October 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed