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 if he is to keep his son from falling into a life of crime.
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Definitely an underrated gangster film and one that I find myself continually returning to. It's definitely a different perspective of a familiar gangster tale, and has a number of scenes that are spectacular. Definitely has a place in my Top 50 of the 90s, I enjoy it that much.
Uno dei pochi, rari, film di mafia italoamericana che riesce a distinguersi dal gregge. Abbandonate le classiche idee di mafia condite con sparatorie, rapine, pizzo e offerte irrecusabili per guardare una storia di gangsters diversa dal solito. Il film paragona i due concetti di "famiglia", contrapponendo quella mafiosa a quella naturale, creando un soggetto decisamente interessante, che da solo vale la candela.
Francis Capra was way too much of a modern brat to De Niro's working-class father. That belt would have been off in a heartbeat. Otherwise an entertaining coming-of-age/period drama with an excellent soundtrack from the 50's and 60's. Some minor weaknesses here and there, but overall worth watching.