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Two Bits

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Director: James Foley

Cast: Jerry Barone, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Al Pacino

 

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This nostalgic drama is based upon the childhood memories of screenwriter Joseph Stefano. Set in South Philadelphia in 1933 it centers on both a wise grandfather, and his single-minded grandson. The film opens in a garden on a beautiful day. In the garden is the Italian grandpa telling anyone who will listen that this is his final day of life. No one really believes

Overview

This nostalgic drama is based upon the childhood memories of screenwriter Joseph Stefano. Set in South Philadelphia in 1933 it centers on both a wise grandfather, and his single-minded grandson. The film opens in a garden on a beautiful day. In the garden is the Italian grandpa telling anyone who will listen that this is his final day of life. No one really believes that, especially not 12-year-old Gennaro who is more interested in finding a quarter so he can go to the grand opening of the brand new La Paloma theater. The grandfather promises the boy that he will receive the money after he dies. The child doesn't believe this and so begins his own search for two bits. Along the way he has many adventures. Towards the end, the grandfather asks the boy to deliver a message to a woman he wronged many years before. He wants her forgiveness before he dies. In the end, Gennaro learns a valuable lesson about life.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
UPC:
0786936190960
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby digital surround sound; French language track; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Barone Gennaro
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Luisa
Al Pacino Gitano Sabatoni
Joe Grifasi Uncle Joe
Joanna Merlin Guendolina
Andy Romano Dr. Bruna
Gerlando Barone Actor
Glenn Daniels Actor
Ron McLarty Irish
Patrick Borriello Tullio
Alec Baldwin Narrator
Donna Mitchell Mrs. Bruna
Mary Lou Rosato Aunt Carmella
Rosemary de Angelis Mrs. Conte
Joey Perillo Replacement Ballyhoo Driver

Technical Credits
James Foley Director
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Arthur Cohn Producer
Glenn Daniels Casting
Rolf Deyhle Associate Producer
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Ortwin Freyermuth Producer
Joseph P. Kane Production Designer
David Korda Executive Producer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Musky Production Designer
Drew Ann Rosenberg Asst. Director
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Joseph Stefano Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tom Warren Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Movie Memories [1:53]
2. A Quarter [4:01]
3. A Wedding and a Funeral [5:38]
4. "Made of Gold" [7:45]
5. "I Want a Job" [6:15]
6. Medicine [5:45]
7. "Beautiful Hands" [5:01]
8. "Made Me Feel Safe" [5:27]
9. "I Used to Have This Dream" [5:40]
10. "Please Forgive Me" [8:08]
11. "Grandfather Sent Me" [5:37]
12. "Price Went Up" [8:24]
13. La Paloma [10:32]
14. End Credits [3:26]

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Two Bits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL TEENAGERS SHOULD BE MADE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE AND LEARN!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like I said above, words simply cannot describe this beautifull film. You rarely ever come across such films, and those films which are very rare to see or hear are the best ones. I am a fan of Al Pacino and I was really very happy to see him in a totally different role. A heartwarming, excellent performence by Pacino. So was Jerry Barrone who played the role of Pacino's grandson. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio did her part very well indeed. A very interesting film, a heartwarming drama that will touch your heart, specially the wonderfull chemistry between the grandfather and his grandson and the beautifull Scenario of Italy in the 1930's. The film will make you smile and shed tears too.