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A Bronx Tale

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Classic coming-of-age movie has violence, racism, language.

Movie R 1993 121 minutes
A Bronx Tale Movie Poster: 2 White men stare at each other with the city in the background

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There are literally tens of thousands of coming-of-age movies, and it's safe to say that A Bronx Tale is one of the best. Against this intense backdrop of everything evoked by a 1960s Bronx neighborhood -- large personalities, unique individuals, working-class pride, mafia guys hanging out on the corner, and the increasingly simmering racial tensions of the time and place -- Chazz Palminteri's richly evocative story comes down to what every great coming-of-age story is about: a young person learning to be who they are, standing on their own two feet, and getting the first glimpses of a world outside the narrow confines of their childhood conceptions.

As the opposite father figures competing for young Calogero's admiration and respect, Palminteri and Robert De Niro present vivid and unique characters that manage to avoid the cliches so often seen in depictions of blue-collar guys on one side, and mob bosses on the other, to say nothing of the cliches inherent in nostalgic evocations of Life In the 1960s (cue "My Girl" by The Temptations). The decades have been kind to A Bronx Tale; years later, this is a movie that has only gotten better with age.

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