A Bronx Tale

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A Bronx Tale (1993) is a movie set in New York City during the turbulent era of the 1960s. It was the directorial debut of Robert De Niro, and follows a young man as his path in life is guided by two father figures, played by De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. It also includes a brief appearance by Joe Pesci.

The movies opens in 1960 with Lorenzo Anello's (De Niro) son Calogero (Francis Capra) witnessing a murder committed by the local Mafia boss, Sonny (Palminteri). When Calogero chooses to cover up the murder, Sonny takes a liking to him. Calogero starts visiting Sonny and his posse almost every day, much to the dismay of his father. Eight years later, in 1968, Calogero (now played by Lillo Brancato) has grown into a young man. He will eventually have to make the choice between his two mentors. He also pursues an interracial relationship with an African American girl, and has to cope with this while being in the company of racist friends who coincidentally attack the girls brother and his friends, and who later plan to raid an African American neighborhood.

A Bronx Tale is generally ranked with other great films of the Mafia film genre. It contains several violent scenes, including the attack on the African American boys bike riding through Calogero's Italian neighborhood, an attack on a biker gang to the tune of 'Come Together', and the fateful gunfight between Calogero's friends and African American gang members.

IMDB entry for Bronx Tale, A (1993) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106489/)

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