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Two Bits (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 November 1995 (USA)
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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James Foley

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Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Barone Jerry Barone ... Gennaro
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Luisa Spirito
Al Pacino ... Grandpa
Patrick Borriello ... Tullio
Andy Romano ... Dr. Bruna
Donna Mitchell ... Mrs. Bruna
Mary Lou Rosato Mary Lou Rosato ... Aunt Carmela
Joe Grifasi ... Uncle Joe
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Mrs. Conte
Ron McLarty ... Irish
Charley Scalies ... Ballyhoo Driver
Joanna Merlin ... Guendolina
Geoff Pierson ... Dr. Wilson
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Woman in Red
Nick Discenza Nick Discenza ... Father of Deceased
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some traumatic thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day to Remember See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,282, 7 December 1995
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Quotes

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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La Paloma
20 September 2004 | by BleekersPorkSwordSee all my reviews

If you have experienced loss of someone close this movie will surely have an effect on you. It's a wonderful look at a relationship between a boy and his grandfather in the depression era. As always Al Pacino (the best actor who ever lived) is brilliant and heartwarming in this sincere yet all together different role for him. A short but bittersweet film that will take you on a sad but very personal journey. I've seen this film about 10 times and have never made it all the way through without crying. This is a beautiful film in todays blockbuster big movie era. No special effects just emotions. Definitely better than 5.8 out of 10 I would say more like 8 out of 10. Mary Elizabeth and Al are magnificent-


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