In his directorial debut two-time Academy Award-Winner Robert De Niro stars as Lorenzo Anello a hard-working bus driver who must stand up to the local mob boss if he is to keep his son from falling into a life of crime. The streets of the Bronx are a tough place for a kid to grow up you learn fast or lose everything. Lorenzo's son Calogero learns about the virtues of hard honest work from his father who owns nothing but his integrity; but he learns about easy money and life on the streets from the man who owns them a mobster called Sonny (Chazz Palminteri).... Now Calogero must choose between earning respect like his father or commanding it like Sonny. Always one step away from a broken bottle a pistol whipping or a shotgun blast one young man torn between two worlds just a city block apart is about to learn that the streets run two ways. For every cent of easy money there's a tough and sometimes deadly lesson to be learned. [show more]
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Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Raging Ball) and Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway, The Usual Suspects) star in a riveting drama about two men battling to save a young man's life. Calogero Anello is a street-wise nine year old who lives in an apartment under the strict guidance of his bus driver father Lorenzo. One day Calogero witnesses a murder committed by a local gangster boss, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). After Calingero refuses to identify Sonny, the gangster takes the boy under his wing, gradually introducing him to a new way of life. Soon, Calogero finds himself torn between two fathers and two very different ways of life. Vividly evoking the sights and sounds of the Bronx, Robert De Niro's directorial debut is a compelling tale of love and loyalty. Actors Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Taral Hicks, Kathrine Narducci, Clem Caserta, Alfred Sauchelli Jr., Frank Pietrangolare, Joe Pesci & Robert D'Andrea Director Robert De Niro Certificate 15 years and over Year 1993 Languages English - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
Robert De Niro's directorial debut is the story of Calogero (Francis Capra), a nine-year-old boy caught between two opposing father figures. His dad, Lorenzo (De Niro), is a diligent bus driver who tries to instill in him the virtues of an honest day's work, while Sonny (Chazz Palminteri, whose play the film is based on) is the local Mafia boss who teaches him the law of the streets. As the teenage Calogero (Lillo Brancato) grows towards adulthood, he has to decide which role model to follow.