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Two Bits (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama | 22 November 1995 (USA)
It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »

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James Foley

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Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Barone Jerry Barone ... Gennaro
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Luisa Spirito
Al Pacino ... Grandpa
Patrick Borriello ... Tullio
Andy Romano ... Dr. Bruna
Donna Mitchell ... Mrs. Bruna
Mary Lou Rosato Mary Lou Rosato ... Aunt Carmela
Joe Grifasi ... Uncle Joe
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Mrs. Conte
Ron McLarty ... Irish
Charley Scalies ... Ballyhoo Driver
Joanna Merlin ... Guendolina
Geoff Pierson ... Dr. Wilson
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Woman in Red
Nick Discenza Nick Discenza ... Father of Deceased
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Storyline

It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to have to buy a ticket to the plush new movie theater. But grandpa's not ready to pass on the quarter or pass on to his final reward: he has some unfinished business with a woman from his past, and he enlists Gennaro to act as his emissary. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're never too old to believe in a dream. Or too young to make one come true!

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some traumatic thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day to Remember See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,282, 7 December 1995
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Maurice Jarre wrote a score for the film but it was rejected by producer Harvey Weinstein. See more »

Quotes

Gitano Sabatoni: Ohhh... you stopped wanting. Ahhh, not needing.
Gennaro: What's the difference?
Gitano Sabatoni: Hey, it's all the difference in the world. Your belly needs. Your heart wants. That's the difference.
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A Very Nice, Understated Movie
4 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This movie reminded me of some foreign films I own, low-key films which feature nice storytelling. There are no good guys vs. bad guys, no action, no blood, no sex: just a story of a day back in the Depression era in South Philadelphia.

The story centers around a young boy "Gennero" (Jerry Barone) trying to raise "two bits" (25 cents) to see a movie. It features his dying grandfather, played nicely by Al Pacino. Along the way the 12-year-old encounters interesting people and events. Pacino dishes out the usual grandfatherly advice and well meaning-but-on-Biblical theology ("God puts a brick on your house in heaven every time you do a good deed and he takes one away when you are bad.") Some have criticized Pacino for taking this role. I guess they want him to be a cop in every film. Well, he's a great actor and shows his diversified talents well in here. Whatever.....this film is loaded with charm and a nice story that's like a good book: hard to put down once you start.

At 84 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, either. Even though there is little profanity, I would not recommend this as family fare because the film touches on a disturbing doctor and his wife.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and glad to see it's out on DVD now, too.


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