A Bronx Tale


Robert De Niro's directorial debut traces a boy's conflicting father figures

Robert De Niro’s directorial debut is a gangster story that, much to its strength, isn’t a gangster story at all.

It follows ’60s Bronx boy Calogero’s (Lillo Brancato Jr) conflict between two father figures: wisecracking mob boss Chazz Palminteri, and his actual pa, honourable, hard-working Robert De Niro.

Despite questionable developments (Calogero’s relationship with a black girl after an obscene racial slur), it’s a subtly sentimental take on morality as told through torn loyalties, forbidden love and a directorial style that suggests De Niro had been taking notes from Scorsese.

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