How can you not love Scorsese and his fast-talking, heavy-eyebrowed Noo Yawkese? Barging in on a goodnight phone call whose plot he says is "pedestrian," Scorsese directs a darker, more exciting life for the mother tucking in her child. "You're trapped in a loveless marriage. You should be drinking something out of a bottle," he tells Mom. "You have a bottle around?" The golden moment comes when he invents a criminal life for the kid's out-of-town father. A life that will lead the child to murder.
Scorsese: "Can you say vengeance?"
Adorable Five Year-Old Boy: (Long pause) "Vengeance."