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Two Bits Details


This nostalgic drama is based upon the childhood memories of screenwriter Joseph Stefano. Set in South Philadelphia in 1933 it centers on both a wise grandfather, and his single-minded grandson. The film opens in a garden on a beautiful day. In the garden is the Italian grandpa telling anyone who will listen that this is his final day of life. No one really believes that, especially not 12-year-old Gennaro who is more interested in finding a quarter so he can go to the grand opening of the brand new La Paloma theater. The grandfather promises the boy that he will receive the money after he dies. The child doesn't believe this and so begins his own search for two bits. Along the way he has many adventures. Towards the end, the grandfather asks the boy to deliver a message to a woman he wronged many years before. He wants her forgiveness before he dies. In the end, Gennaro learns a valuable lesson about life. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
as Luisa
Jerry Barone
as Gennaro
Al Pacino
as Gitano Sabatoni
Joe Grifasi
as Uncle Joe
Joanna Merlin
as Guendolina
Andy Romano
as Dr. Bruna
Donna Mitchell
as Mrs. Bruna
Joey Perillo
as Replacement Ballyhoo Driver
Rosemary de Angelis
as Mrs. Conte
Mary Lou Rosato
as Aunt Carmella
Alec Baldwin
as Narrator
Patrick Borriello
as Tullio
Ron McLarty
as Irish
Glenn Daniels


James Foley
Arthur Cohn
Ortwin Freyermuth
Joseph Stefano
Juan Ruiz-Anchia
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Howard E. Smith
Jane Musky
Production Designer
Tom Warren
Art Director
Rolf Deyhle
Associate Producer
David Korda
Executive Producer
Joseph Stefano
Executive Producer
Robert Franco
Set Designer
Claudia Brown
Costume Designer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Alec Baldwin
Intertitle Writer
Glenn Daniels
Larry Franco
Line Producer