YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO BELIEVE IN A DREAM. OR TOO YOUNG TO MAKE ONE COME TRUE!
Another drama set during the Depression, but well handled. At the center of the story is 12-year-old Gennaro Spirito (Jerry Barone), our guide to 1930s Philly. We get to see poverty, desperation and a boy’s longing for some time off in the darkness of a movie theater. Death is always present but it doesn’t scare Gennaro. Al Pacino plays his grandfather who thinks every day is the day when he will die. As you might’ve guessed, a film rich on nostalgia but not one that distinguishes itself from all the others. Still, the entire cast is fine and the film is pleasant.
1995-U.S. 93 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by James Foley. Screenplay: Joseph Stefano. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Luisa Spirito), Al Pacino (Gitano Sabatoni), Jerry Barone (Gennaro Spirito), Patrick Borriello, Andy Romano, Donna Mitchell. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.