Rated: R for violence. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: September 14, 1993 Released by: Savoy Pictures
Robert DeNiro makes his directing debut with the story of Calogero (Lillo Brancato and Francis Capra) a young Italian who is torn between the basic work ethics of his bus-driver father Lorenzo (DeNiro) and Sonny (Chazz Palminteri) a local streetwise underworld power. At a very young age, Calogero is smart enough to cover for Sonny when he murders an enemy in front of the kid. From that time on Calogero is torn between his father's philosophy and the power and influence of Sonny. In the end, he uses the best from both.
As a back drop, New York City is evolving and the security which the local underworld can supply is coming loose as blacks and young hoods who cannot be controlled bring violence onto the street. To make things worse, Calogero falls for a beautiful black girl played by Taral Hicks.
DeNiro crafts the pressure on the young man quite well. He sprinkles a great deal of violence on the screen. Rather than spreading blood over the screen he shows the violence through beatings with bats, sticks and guns.
By the end of the film, it's difficult to judge any of the characters. They are all shades of gray. And a showdown, something likeWest Side Story, works rather well.
DeNiro does a fine job of directing a quality script. The violence is necessary but it may drive some people away.
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