Bronx Tale

Bronx Tale

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Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato Jr., Francis Capra

     
 

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Robert De Niro made his directorial debut with this expanded adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's one-character play. DeNiro's role of Lorenzo Anello, an Italian-America bus driver, is secondary to the part of his son Calogero, played by young Francis Capra. The top dog in Calogero's Bronx neighborhood is flashy "wiseguy" Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). When the boy witnesses… See more details below

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Robert De Niro made his directorial debut with this expanded adaptation of Chazz Palminteri's one-character play. DeNiro's role of Lorenzo Anello, an Italian-America bus driver, is secondary to the part of his son Calogero, played by young Francis Capra. The top dog in Calogero's Bronx neighborhood is flashy "wiseguy" Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). When the boy witnesses Sonny commit a murder, he honors the code of the streets and refuses to tell the cops. Sonny befriends him and introduces the impressionable youngster to the creature comforts that mob connections can bring. But though he idolizes Sonny, the boy loves and respects his decent, honest father. It takes a major tragedy for the 17-year-old boy (now played by Lillo Brancato) to decide his true course in life. Though titled A Bronx Tale and set in the Bronx of the 1960s, the film was actually shot in the somewhat safer environs of Brooklyn and Queens.

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A handsomely mounted coming-of-age story, Robert De Niro's directorial debut, an adaptation of co-star Chazz Palminteri's play, finds the veteran actor treading old ground, exploring a 1960s' New York ankle-deep in Mafia culture. But while the material might superficially seem familiar, what's remarkable about the film comes from De Niro and Palminteri's decision to cast the familiar in a new light, emphasizing borough folkways and the details of day-to-day life rather than criminal intrigues. A morality tale, but not a simple one, De Niro and Palminteri's struggle for the heart of the young protagonist avoids a simple battle between good and evil, showing instead how two decidedly different men both help shape his character. While one might ultimately be more right than the other, De Niro's direction lets the audience sort things out along with his protagonist. While De Niro seems not to have been able to coach particularly memorable performances out of some his younger actors, both he and Palminteri turn in beautifully understated performances, with De Niro proving again, as he has since Once Upon a Time in America, that however dependent his early reputation was on flashy roles, he does just as well with more interior-oriented characters. Though sluggish at times, a great feel for the period and the intricacies of neighborhood and racial relations makes this film, if not quite a knockout, deeply memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0025192103278
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Lorenzo Anello
Chazz Palminteri Sonny
Lillo Brancato Calogero Anello (Age 17)
Francis Capra Calogero Anello (Age 9)
Taral Hicks Jane
Kathrine Narducci Rosina Anello
Clem Caserta Jimmy Whispers
Alfred Sauchelli Bobby Bars
Joe Pesci Carmine
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Joseph D'Onofrio Slick age 17
Joe Black Murdered Man
Patrick Borriello Slick (Age 9)
Paul Perri Crazy Mario (Age 9)
Tommy A. Ford Phil the Peddler
Mitch Kolpan Detective Belsik
Nicky Blair Jerry
Steve Pendleton Satan's Messenger
Garry Blackwood Chez Bippy Customer
Elizabeth Abassi Lady in Window
Ida Bemardini Fish Store Customer
Chad Dowdell Joey's Friend (uncredited)
Domenick Lombardozzi Nicky Zero
Dave Salerno Frankie Coffecake

Technical Credits
Robert De Niro Director,Producer
Joseph R. Burns Asst. Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Stephen Endelman Score Composer
Peter Gatien Executive Producer
Ilona Herman Makeup
Jon Kilik Producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Chazz Palminteri Screenwriter
David Ray Editor
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Shriver Art Director
Judith Stevens Production Designer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bronx Tale
1. My Home (Main Titles) [7:09]
2. Sunny's Crew [7:46]
3. The Shooting [6:52]
4. Wasted Talent [7:00]
5. Face to Face [3:57]
6. Earning Tips [6:55]
7. Bad Money [1:48]
8. Deuces Wild [4:26]
9. Tall, Beautiful, Classy [5:35]
10. Satan's Messengers [7:49]
11. My Friends [4:33]
12. Taking a Chance [5:01]
13. Ain't Bothering Nobody [8:15]
14. Tensions Mount [6:37]
15. Wanting Out [6:11]
16. Lethal Cocktail [8:36]
17. Nobody Cares [6:02]
18. End Titles [7:13]

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