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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 domestic drama; but with characters like Pacino and Mastrantonio, a plotline is hardly necessary. Alec Baldwin narrates the film as Barone's grown-up counterpart.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


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 Younges...
Tony Rossi
as Guendolina's Eldest ...
Lynn Battaglia
as Guendolina's Daughte...
Joey Perillo
as Replacement Ballyhoo...
Skip Rose
as Ballplayer
Alec Baldwin
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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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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
Top Critic

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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