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  • Actors: Robert DeNiro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Kathrine Narducci
  • Directors: Robert De Niro
  • Writers: Chazz Palminteri
  • Producers: Robert De Niro, Jon Kilik, Jane Rosenthal
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Bronx Tale" on IMDb

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In Robert De Niro's stunning directorial debut, 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 (Chazz Palminteri), despite stern warnings from his working-class father (Robert De Niro). 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. Funny, touching and explosively honest, A Bronx Tale is a provocative coming-of-age story you won't soon forget.

Customer Reviews

One of the best movies I've ever seen.
Matti Kniva Spencer
So if you can get past the profanity and the racism,i think you'll find this movie a 10 just like i did!
david dewitt
I have this movie on VHS but wanted to ensure nothing happens to it so I purchased it on DVD as well.
Gail Licordare

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By zeni on January 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is an underrated gem. If you're looking for a bloodbath mobster movie, this is not it. A Bronx Tale is a movie with heart--and it just so happens to be about mobsters.
Kudos to Robert De Niro on his directorial debut (may he direct many more movies). He did an outstanding job of presenting a slice of life in the Bronx of the 1960s. Though his role as Lorenzo Aiello is rather small, its effect is felt profoundly throughout the movie as Lorenzo's son Calogero struggles between right and wrong. Lorenzo, representing the upstanding, hardworking Everyman, wants the best for his son and doesn't want him to choose life with the mob. Sonny, the neighborhood mob boss, also wants what's best for Calogero, or C, as he nicknames him. The moment in the film where this struggle is most keenly felt is when Lorenzo and Calogero are at the boxing match sitting in the "nosebleed" section. One of Sonny's henchmen invites Lorenzo and Calogero down front at ringside, but Lorenzo declines the offer. You can see how hard it is for Calogero to refuse those seats. But he is torn by the love he feels for his father, and wanting to be ringside with Sonny. The most poignant moment is when he apologizes to his father for wanting to sit with Sonny and tells Lorenzo that he appreciates his seat, though it's far away from the ring.
Another interesting, though more subtle, aspect of the movie was how Rosina, Lorenzo's wife, questioned Lorenzo's refusal to get involved with Sonny. You could see that she wanted a better life than the wife of a bus driver, and she didn't seem to be too concerned with how it was achieved. That would have been an interesting angle to explore, but the movie didn't suffer because it wasn't explored.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on December 10, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am writing this long overdue review shortly after the real life arrest of Lillo Brancato in the connection of a murder of a New York City police officer. He played the young man in this splendid movie which deserves to be seen by everybody. It is a beautifully written and acted production. Brancato portrayed so accurately the challenges of a young Italian-America youth being raised among the gangsters in his blue collar community. I always wondered why he virtually disappeared. Brancato's small role playing a cheap gangster on "The Sopranos" didn't even begin to equal what had earlier been expected of him.

Robert Di Niro is fantastic as the father, a proud bus driver, trying to make sure his only son remains a law abiding citizen. Chazz Palminteri is likewise brilliant playing the role of the neighborhood Mafia chieftain. He also wrote the spellbinding script. "A Bronx Tale" apparently was only modestly successful. I simply cannot understand why it isn't considered as one of the very best movies of that time period. This is a family movie. Anyone who is a teenager or older should enjoy it immensely. You truly feel like you are visiting the 1960s. It is a warm and loving story about choices that must be made early in one's life. Lastly, why hasn't Di Niro directed more films? You would think that this particular work of art might encourage the great actor to work more often behind the camera.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Darren Payne on January 12, 2003
Format: DVD
This film was absolutely fantastic, this is EXACTLY the kind of material my Media Studies teacher would love, its not a boring film that goes from good to bad and a happy ending. Its realistic. Ive never felt so obliged after a film to write a review, but this film was so good i just had to. The Newspapers gave it 3 stars, and their information about it was totally wrong! This really is a must see film, after seeing it on TV last-night i just have to buy it and show my friends and my Media Studies teacher. I just sat there and was thinking "Yes, this is excelent", which IS so true.
Watch, buy, rent this film, it is so good, you can't miss it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aaron D. Pollard on January 16, 2012
Format: DVD
This movie has been reviewed plenty of times here, so I won't even bother with that. Suffice to say that I think this film is fantastic. I just wrote this review to say that the quality on this DVD is much better than the horrendous quality of the DVD released over a decade ago. If you own the old DVD, I strongly suggest upgrading to this one. This film deserves to be seen in this quality. Hopefully a Blu-ray release is next.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rob C. on August 28, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In 1993 I saw this movie because the movie I had come to see was sold out. I don't remember the name of that motion picture, but I will never forget A Bronx Tale. Written and directed to perfection, the characters are alive and vivid. The view sees and feel the action on the screen and this film is totally devoid of the Hollywood formulas and clichés that sink far too many offerings today. Why is this? The original play was written by one of the stars of the film, Chazz Palminteri, who one night after losing a job, sat on his bed and hand wrote the story of his young, all the while in tears. The graphic, colorful reality of his experiences shows. The execution of this film is flawless. There are no continuity errors and it is so well cast you will walk away thinking you personally know each and every character. Having touched on so many aspects of 1960's America, this movie never disappoints and never bores the viewer. This is an outstanding movie.
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