A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

One man lives in the neighborhood, another man owns it.

19932 h 01 min
Overview

Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his neighborhood - for a beautiful black girl.

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Director Robert De Niro
Runtime 2 h 01 min
Release Date 14 September 1993
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Movie Rating Very good
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In 1960, Lorenzo Anello lives in Belmont, an Italian-American neighborhood in The Bronx, with his wife Rosina and his 9-year old young son Calogero, who is fascinated by the local mobsters led by Sonny LoSpecchio. One day, Calogero witnesses a murder committed by Sonny in defense of an assaulted friend in his neighborhood. When Calogero chooses to keep quiet when questioned by NYPD detectives, Sonny takes a liking to him and gives him the nickname “C”. Sonny’s men offer Lorenzo a better paying job, but Lorenzo, preferring a law-abiding life as an MTA bus driver, politely declines. Sonny befriends Calogero and introduces him to his crew. Calogero earns tips amounting to $600 working in the Mafia bar and throwing dice, and is admonished harshly by Lorenzo when he discovers it. Lorenzo speaks severely to Sonny, returns the money, and angrily warns him to keep away from Calogero.

Eight years later, Calogero has grown into a young man who has been visiting Sonny regularly without his father’s knowledge. Calogero is also part of a gang of local Italian-American boys, which concerns Sonny, who warns Calogero to keep away from them and focus more on his schoolwork. Later on, Calogero meets an African American girl named Jane Williams, and is smitten with her. Despite the high level of racial tension and dislike between Italian Americans and African Americans, Calogero arranges a date with Jane. He asks for advice from both his father and Sonny, with the latter lending Calogero his car. Later, Calogero’s friends beat up the black cyclists who ride through their neighborhood, despite Calogero’s attempts to defend them. One of the cyclists is revealed to be Jane’s brother, Willie. Willie mistakes Calogero for one of the assailants. He then accuses “C” of beating him up when Calogero and Jane meet for their date. Calogero loses his temper over the accusation and Willie’s lack of gratitude, responding by accidentally addressing him with a racial slur. He instantly regrets it, but it’s too late. Heartbroken, Jane walks back to the car with Willie and leaves Calogero….

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