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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 025192103278
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Lorenzo Anello
Chazz Palminteri Sonny
Lillo Brancato Jr. Calogero Anello (Age 17)
Francis Capra Calogero Anello (Age 9)
Taral Hicks Jane
Kathrine Narducci Rosina Anello
Clem Caserta Jimmy Whispers
Alfred Sauchelli Jr. Bobby Bars
Joe Pesci Carmine
Ellen Chenoweth
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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Disc #1 -- Bronx Tale
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it

    Im gonna make this short and simple. this is a great movie even though i dont really like any drama movies or crime drama im mostly a action, horror, comedy fan. I kinda thought the movie will suck at first because robert deniro was going to direct it. but when i got the movie it turned out to be really good. i enjoyed listening to some of the oldie songs on the movie as well and all thought all the actors did a great job in the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    BRONX TALE TELLS AN AMAZING TALE

    This movie, though outdated, is a must see for all teenegers experiencing identity crisis. It deals with all the issues that can lure the youth into a life of crime, drugs and gambling. It is an exceptional movie that really, just like wine, matures with age. I strongly recommend it to anyone who appreciates good movies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IS IT BETTER TO BE LOVED OR FEARED?

    GREAT LINES IN THIS FILM! DENIRO CAN ACT, DIRECT, HECK I THINK HE JUST MIGHT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST

    This movie was so suspenseful. Anyone who loves mobster movies as much as I do should definetly watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best simply the best

    this movie has greatly influenced my life as a teenager. coming from an italian family it has taught me alot and is easily the best movie of all times and a must see for all teens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    c lover

    i think that this film 'a bronx tale' is so incredible.Also in some parts of the movie were prety funny.And the boy in the movie also known as 'c' was very very good looking.so i recommend this film to everyone out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    INSPIRATIONAL

    This movie couldnt have been put together more perfectly. The balance of power between Lorenzo and Sonny in Calogero's life was perfect as well. It handled the vices of this era in the Bronx realistically. De Niro's directorial deubut should've given him an oscar nod.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Great Story of A Bronx Tale

    A Bronx Tale is a wonderful love story and should be required viewing in most schools. The title caught me off guard at first, but once I had an opportunity to watch the entire movie, I understood. It is truly ''A Bronx Tale'' and mostly likely the best urban tale ever captured on screen. It's real, refreshing and oscar driven. Thank you Lillo and Robert. The teen girl (also) did excellent work. I wish you all well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    waste of talent

    its the best movie you can see i see it six times in one day the history is related every time all the words are a clue im from mexico and i like it every time y see it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Movie

    good story-line and actors, defiently one of deniro's best movies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Italians Forever

    Even though Sunny passes in the end his soul and heart will never die in ''C's'' eye. Sunny was like a father to him this movie was the greatest movies of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bronx

    This is now my all time favourite. This movie has something about it that makes you want to watch it again and again. Amazing film but would go beyond that if Sonny didn't die

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was In credible

    It was incredible. Great story. Lilo Brancato is sensational!! 5 stars isnt even the beginning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mas que una pasion ''Un Relato Del Bronx''

    Sencillamente una obra maestra, yo soy un fanatico de esta pelicula soy chileno y vivo en santiago de chile aca no esta la pelicula en ninguno de sus formatos si algun latino me la puede conseguir se lo agradecere toda la vida ( en formato DVD ) mi mail es lccabello@chilesat.net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie!

    Calogeros description of a life in the Bronx is truly moving. hey! look at me! truly moving! You jive as* mother (beepppp)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DE NIRO IN SOMETHING DIFFERENT

    i liked it because de niro is giving an extra ordinary performance in a ''non very deniro role''. palmintery is not but either. in addition the story is perfect. the conflict between blacks and italians in a bronx some decades ago. and the power of love. also this is de niro's directorial debute. come on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of My Favorite Movies !!!!

    This movie is a classic one of my top three favorites. The first time I saw it I told all my friends about it. As soon as move in with my girlfriend, this will be the first movie I want us to watch in our new apartment. I'm sure she'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best ever

    the bronx tale is the best movie..you have two great actors such as robert de niro and lillo brancato..they make the movie great..you should buy it or rent it..its the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

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