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The Many Saints of Newark

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2020
  • Alan Taylor
  • 120 mins
  • 15

Summary

Young Anthony Soprano is growing up during one of the most tumultuous eras in New Jersey's history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family's hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolises, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities - and whose influence over his impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into an all-powerful mob boss. Crime drama prequel to The Sopranos, starring Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta and Michael Gandolfini - the real-life son of James Gandolfini, who played the main character in the series

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Michael Gandolfini steps into his famous father James's shoes to play the young Tony Soprano in this hugely satisfying prequel to lauded TV crime drama The Sopranos. However, the central character is Alessandro Nivola's Dickie Moltisanti (the father of Christopher from the show), who's juggling a complicated home life and power struggles within the Mob against a backdrop of New Jersey race riots in the late 1960s and early 70s. Parallel to those headaches is Dickie's reluctant mentorship of the teenage Tony, identified as a born leader by his schoolteachers and seemingly earmarked as a future foot soldier within the organisation. Regular series director Alan Taylor, working from a screenplay co-written by Sopranos creator David Chase, fashions an atmospheric, visually spellbinding origin story that, although peppered with familiar characters from the small-screen hit, is robust enough to stand on its own merits and doesn't alienate viewers new to the saga. Gandolfini is a captivating screen presence, while Nivola gives a nuanced portrayal of a mid-ranking mobster facing pressures in all aspects of his life, and Vera Farmiga plays notoriously difficult matriarch Livia Soprano.

Credits

Cast

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Richard "Dickie" MoltisantiAlessandro Nivola
Harold McBrayerLeslie Odom Jr
"Johnny Boy" SopranoJon Bernthal
Tony SopranoMichael Gandolfini
Livia SopranoVera Farmiga
Aldo "Hollywood Dick" MoltisantiRay Liotta
Corrado "Junior" SopranoCorey Stoll
GuiseppinaMichela De Rossi
Paulie "Walnuts" GualtieriBilly Magnussen

Crew

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DirectorAlan Taylor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2021-09-22
Languages
English | Latin | Italian
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, discriminatory language
Formats
Colour
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