Two Bits (1995)




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Two Bits was the price for a movie ticket during the Depression era. And two bits is what young Geraldo Barone doesn't have. Geraldo lives in South Philadelphia with his widowed, underemployed mother Mary Elizabeth Mastrantanio. Dominating the household is the boy's grandfather Al Pacino, who rambles on incessantly about his imminent demise. Producer Joseph Stefano (of Psycho and Outer Limits fame) is more concerned with character than story in this leisurely, autobiographical slice-of-life … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Stefano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
MVD Music Video


as Grandpa

as Gennaro

as Uncle Joe

as Guendolina

as Dr. Bruna

as Mrs. Bruna

as Aunt Carmela

as Ballyhoo Driver

as Dr. Wilson

as Woman in Red

as Father of Deceased

as Vottima

as Mother of Deceased

as Father of the Bride

as Head Pallbearer

as Brother of Deceased

as Mary Linguini

as Mrs. Rizzo

as Player #1

as Player #2

as Player #3

as Little Girl

as Petey's Dad

as Housewife

as Guendolina's Younges...

as Guendolina's Eldest ...

as Guendolina's Daughte...

as Replacement Ballyhoo...

as Ballplayer

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Two Bits

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

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
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Detroit News
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Full Review… | November 22, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

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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