A Fable of Mean Streets

TITLE: A BRONX TALE

DIRECTOR: ROBERT DE NIRO

WRITER: CHAZZ PALMINTERI

THE BOTTOM LINE: De Niro's debut as a filmmaker portrays a good man and a bad one struggling for an innocent soul.

Lorenzo (Robert De Niro) drives a bus. Back and forth across the Bronx he goes, a dutiful and moral man, passionate about two things: his family and the fate of the New York Yankees. Sonny (played by the teller of this autobiographical tale, Chazz Palminteri) leads a life at once more stationary and more glamorous -- at least to Lorenzo's nine-year-old son Calogero (Francis Capra). Mostly Sonny stands...

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