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Two Bits (1995)




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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.

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Al Pacino
as Grandpa
Jerry Barone
as Gennaro
Joe Grifasi
as Uncle Joe
Joanna Merlin
as Guendolina
Andy Romano
as Dr. Bruna
Donna Mitchell
as Mrs. Bruna
Mary Lou Rosato
as Aunt Carmela
Charles Scalies
as Ballyhoo Driver
Geoffrey Pierson
as Dr. Wilson
Karen Shallo
as Woman in Red
Nick Discenza
as Father of Deceased
Rik Colitti
as Vottima
Rose Arrick
as Mother of Deceased
Louis Lippa
as Father of the Bride
John Cenatiempo
as Head Pallbearer
Gene D'Allesandro
as Brother of Deceased
Sheila Murphy
as Mary Linguini
Jayne Haynes
as Mrs. Rizzo
Joe Fersedi
as Player #1
Rick Faugno
as Player #2
Jon Napolitano
as Player #3
Nicole Molina
as Little Girl
Mario D'Elia
as Petey's Dad
Mary Testa
as Housewife
Ted Brunetti
as Guendolina's Youngest Son
Tony Rossi
as Guendolina's Eldest Son
Lynn Battaglia
as Guendolina's Daughter-in-Law
Joey Perillo
as Replacement Ballyhoo Driver
Skip Rose
as Ballplayer
Alec Baldwin
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Two Bits

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

If King of the Hill couldn't draw patrons despite appearing on tons of 10-best lists, what's a comparably themed small-change remembrance gonna do?

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
Top Critic

Al Pacino gives a touching performance as a dying old man in this sensitive little film.

September 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Bittersweet coming-of-age tale about sexuality, love, loss, and forgiveness.

August 21, 2002 | Full Review…

It obviously has its moments, but most of the way this is pretty tepid stuff. We've seen it all before.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two Bits


Although this movie gets off to a weak start and is fairly uneven throughout, it has enough heart and a strong enough plot that it won me over. Although subtly so, this is a relatively dark film that approaches the coming-of-age formula in a unique way. The acting is far from brilliant overall, but Pacino's supporting performance is the exception. His character portrait is so moving and vivid, I believe he deserved an Oscar nomination.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer


Slowly knocking off the last few Pacino movies I've not seen. This was a good movie, unlike most movies you think of with an actor like Pacino; doesn't mean he can't perform them though. In short the movie is about a boy and his dream, with his dying grandfather (Pacino) guiding him and telling him to always want and never give up. Pacino's character is pretty much the opposite of most of his, none of his patented deep pissed voice, not even a whole lot of camera time, he is more the supporting actor. But a small moving story that I enjoyed.

Kevin "The Ninja"

Super Reviewer

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