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.
It's good but could've been truly amazing. The ideas are there, Palmintieri and de Niro are brilliant, but the plot is not as deeply thought through as it could be. Still, love some of that good ol' mafia movie
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.