A Bronx Tale

D: Robert DeNiro
Tribeca/Gatien/Price (Robert DeNiro & Jane Rosenthal)
USA 🇺🇸 1993
122 mins


W: Chazz Palminteri [based on his play]
DP: Reynaldo Villalobos
Ed: David Ray & Robert Q. Lovett
Mus: Butch Barbella
PD: Wynn Thomas
Cos: Rita Ryack

Robert DeNiro (Lorenzo Anello), Chazz Palminteri (Sonny), Lillo Brancato (Calogero Anello - aged 17), Francis Capra (Calogero Anello - aged 9), Joe Pesci (Carmine), Taral Hicks (Jane), Kathrine Narducci (Rosina Anello), Clem Caserta (Jimmy Whispers), Robert D'Andrea (Tony Toupee), Eddie Montanaro (Eddie Mush)

Robert DeNiro's directorial debut is a very sterling effort, a nostalgic memoir of growing up in 1960's New York which deals with family conflict, the allure of gangster life, racial issues, first love and the trials and tribulations of growing up.  Its only fault is that it may be 10 or 20 minutes too long due to stretching its canvas a little too far and wide, but good performances fill up that time and Chazz Palminteri's play makes such a transition from stage to screen, it's difficult to imagine it not being written direct for film in the first place.

Lillo Brancato & Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale
Lillo Brancato & Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale