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Award-winning actor Al Pacino (Righteous Kill) stars in this heartwarming, critically-acclaimed motion picture about a boy, his grandfather and the lucky quarter that brings them together. Gennaro is a youngster who'll do anything to earn Two Bits, a quarter, to get into the brand-new neighborhood theatre. It's a magical place where dreams come true. But after a day of unforgettable adventures, he finds that his pockets are still empty...until his mischievous Grandpa (Pacino) offers him an intriguing bargain.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Jerry Barone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SUDQ1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

A film you would love to see on a calm and quiet afternoon or on a rainy day.
Ankur Mukherjee
I don't know how widely this film was released in 1995, or why it's been forgotten, but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes good drama.
Transcendental Thomist
The dialogue is muffled, and there are words I've never heard before (like "yerkees") so subtitles would have been very helpful.
Johnny Notebook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie on cable recently, and was very much taken with it. I had never seen it before, but I would like to watch it again with my children. The way it simultaneously portrays the perspectives of 3 generations, and their own imperatives, is beautiful. The camera work is wonderful, as is the soundtrack. This film also portrays very compellingly the pressures people were under during the great American depression, which helped me understand my parents much more than these WWII movies everybody is so excited about. I liked those when I was an adolescent though. I will purchase this when it is available on DVD. (I will only purchase VHS in very exceptional circumstances now, DVD being the far superior format.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ankur Mukherjee on April 12, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You rarely ever come across such films, and those films which are very rare to see or hear are the best ones. I am a fan of Al Pacino and I was really very happy to see him in a totally different role. A heartwarming, excellent performence by Pacino. So was Jerry Barrone who played the role of Pacino's grandson. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio did her part very well indeed. A very interesting film, a heartwarming drama that will touch your heart, specially the wonderfull chemistry between the grandfather and his grandson and the beautifull Scenario of Italy in the 1930's. The film will make you smile and shed tears too. A film you would love to see on a calm and quiet afternoon or on a rainy day. If you like intense films, good drama, this is a must for your collection.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Sometimes the very best movies are those you never hear about. I never knew about this movie until it came out on video. A different kind of role for Pacino - low key and though he isn't actually on screen for that long, he's very effective in the role of the young hero's Italian grandfather (He's certainly come full circle from the Godfather movies). EXCELLENT MOVIE - A GEM!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on June 16, 2009
Format: DVD
Here is a nice, low-key film which features appealing storytelling. There are no good guys vs. bad guys, no action, no blood, no sex: just a story of a day back in the Depression era in South Philadelphia. It also looks very good on this widescreen DVD.

The story centers around a young boy "Gennero" (Jerry Barone) trying to raise "two bits" (25 cents) to see a movie. It features his dying grandfather, played nicely by Al Pacino. Along the way the 12-year-old encounters interesting people and events.

Some have criticized Pacino for taking this role. I guess they want him to be a cop in every film. Well, he's a great actor and shows his diversified talents well in here. Whatever.....this film is loaded with charm and a nice story that's like a good book: hard to put down once you start.

At 84 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, either. Even though there is little profanity, I'm not sure I would recommend this as family fare because the film touches on a sexually-disturbing doctor and his wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David L. on October 12, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A small role for Al Pacino, portrayed with great talent. The film has a good story line though at times it had trouble holding my attention. This film is well acted and well cast.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marc Frontario on February 6, 2003
Format: DVD
This is still one of my favorite Al Pacino movies. Even though
Pacino has small part his role has much impact. I tried to tell
a friend what this movie was about and my eyes started to well up. Coming from a close Italian family, this touched my heart.
This movies supplies us with excellent performances sprinkled with a heartwarming story. Watch this on a Sunday evening you
will be better off that you did
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Consuelo T. Gabriel on December 17, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a ''priceless treasure'' of a movie. I sent this precious movie to my sister in California so that she could enjoy it as much as I have. They just don't make movies of this quality very often. It's a movie I will NEVER tire of and I consider it a classic. I have always loved the work of Al Pacino but this is truly a ''sleeper'' that many people don't even know about. It really is about a ''legacy of love'' that a grandfather leaves for his grandson and would touch anyone's heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob James on September 21, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I purchased this movie for my Mom who loves it. It's a great story, with a great performance from Al Pacino, and all of the supporting cast. It really does have a nice message about the importance of family and the things that really matter.
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