A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

DVD - 2012
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A devoted father battles a local crime boss for the life of his son. Growing up on the racially divided mean streets of 1960s New York, 11-year-old Italian-American Calogero, known as 'C,' idolizes sophisticated local mob boss Sonny, despite stern warnings from his working-class father. When 'C' gets older and defies his dad in order to join Sonny's dangerous gang, he finds that life is never black and white.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Bron

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Sonny: That makes sense.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Calogero 'C' Anello: Calogero.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Sonny: What do your friends call you?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Calogero 'C' Anello: No.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Sonny: That's a long name. Don't you have a nickname?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Calogero 'C' Anello: Calogero.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Sonny: What's your name, kid?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Lorenzo: That's not funny. Not when your kid has a bigger bank account than you do.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Sonny: [laughs] He said that to you? I can't believe that kid.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

Lorenzo: [about C] The other night he tried to throw away his baseball cards because he said Mickey Mantle would never pay our rent.

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loganlib_Ashley Feb 26, 2017

A Bronx Tale is probably the best movie depicting good values and standards, and the mafia, and maybe one of the only film to depict the two in volume simultaneously. You've seen that simpsons episode where bart does odd jobs for fat tony after school? They're referencing this, Robert De Niro's first directing attempt. You can almost hear the traditional old school message he's trying to relay to viewers, including haphazard attempts at racism conflicts, and the role of family and father figures. It's both fairytale and unabashedly gritty, and certainly earns a lot of the merit it has garnered over the years, even if it is somewhat estranged from the usual bittersweet mafia entertainment fare that has been borne from the Godfather and the Sopranos.
Also, there's a scene where bit by bit they send people at a fevered gambling function into a bathroom according to their ill fortunes.

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Feb 02, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect from Robert De Niro's directorial debut. Well, it was terrific. Entertaining without cheesiness and provocative without pretension, it's one of those sixties-era coming-of-age tales that we all hold near and dear to our hearts. The story is of C, a New York Italian, raised by his father, a bus driver. They live adjacent to a mob hangout, where one day, sitting on his stoop, C at eleven years old witnesses a hit. From thereon, everything changes, with the conflicting advice of his two father figures who perpetually butt heads: his actual father (Robert De Niro) and Sonny, the crime boss (Chazz Palminteri). C has to navigate the moral gray areas of the divisive community that is the Bronx. A BRONX TALE is more like STAND BY ME than GOODFELLAS, and thus more family-friendly minus a few cusses and racial slurs. As a casual watch, I really enjoyed the film, and, as a side note, the soundtrack excels, too. The music sets the tone of the environment in which C lives and only aids in captivating you. The film leaves the audience with a few loose ends (for example, what happens with Jane Williams?), but I think that's intentional, up to the audience to decide which way the wind will blow. Overall, a well made film from a notable actor/director. I'd recommend it.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

good to watch and hilariously funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lolz

avisnauskas14 Jun 19, 2012

This is my favorite movie. I think that the story is captivating, and though I'm not in the Bronx's Italian mafia, relatable. It's a very human story about the balance of love and hate in life. It's a great coming of age tale, and C is a character who's easy to root for.

The pacing is great. The contrast of the violence of C's time with his teenage love is touching.
The use of score is also superb.

I totally suggest this movie!

btmslt Mar 21, 2012

A boring fim not worth a look. I started watching with some skepticism, perhaps expecting another film about the bad bronx and found it was very tedious. For many minutes, the grown-up version of the main character, the boy, is narrating; and on and on.....Then he (the boy) finally witnesses a terrible crime but covers-up for the gangster who is the boy's idol. It did not seem to be going anywhere that I was interested in being sent, so I turned it off.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 20, 2012

In 1960, Lorenzo Anello's (Robert De Niro) young son Calogero (Francis Capra) witnesses a murder committed by the local Mafia boss, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri), in defense of an assaulted friend. 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 job to make more money, but Lorenzo, preferring a law-abiding life, politely declines. Sonny, however, befriends Calogero and introduces him to his crew. Calogero earns tips amounting to $600 dollars 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 warns him to keep away from Calogero. Outside the bar, Lorenzo admonishes Calogero, who is unrepentant, and slaps him across the face. Calogero begins to tear up, and Lorenzo hugs him and apologizes, picking him up and carrying him home past the bar's front window, through which Sonny can be seen watching.

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