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Best ‘A Bronx Tale’ Quotes 2021

Fans of Robert De Niro won’t want to miss the heartfelt message that ‘A Bronx Tale’ delivers through these ‘A Bronx Tale’ quotes.

Starring Robert De Niro, alongside Chazz Palminteri, Taral Hicks, Clem Caserta, Francis Capra, and Lillo Brancato, ‘A Bronx Tale’ is set in the ’60s and revolves around a boy from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. We follow Calogero in his journey as he is taken under the wing of Sonny, the Bronx neighborhood mobster, much to dislike of his father Lorenzo (played by Robert De Niro), a hardworking bus driver.

The crime-drama touches upon important topics of racism in the turbulent atmosphere in the Bronx, and has some of the most memorable movie quotes. Here’s a list of some of the best ‘A Bronx Tale’ movie quotes.

If you’re someone who enjoys ’90s crime dramas, take a look at these [90s movie quotes] and Goodfellas quotes too, full of lots of famous movie quotes. But, if you are looking for a good Mickey Mantle quote from ‘A Bronx Tale’, read on.

Lorenzo Quotes From ‘A Bronx Tale’

'A Bronx Tale' was highly acclaimed by critics and audience alike.

Robert De Niro plays a poignant role in the shaping of this coming-of-age story. As Lorenzo, he portrays a dedicated father who is a hardworking man that wants to provide for his family by the honest and humble means of a bus driver. De Niro is a major influence as a mentor and father to Calogero Anello and brings forth issues that were faced by the working class in the ’60s. Aside from this, Lorenzo Anello owns his dialogues and screen time and this result sin plenty of quotes that stay true to the timeless nature of Robert De Niro quotes. Fans today remain nostalgic and quote the memorable character, including the famous “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent” quote, decades after the launch of the film. Here are some ‘A Bronx Tale quotes’, including the much loved waste of talent quote, that gained instant fame.

1. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

– Lorenzo Anello.

2. “It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger but try getting up every morning day after day and work for a living, let’s see him try that, then we’ll see who the real tough guy is, the working man is the tough guy.”

– Lorenzo Anello.

3. “The big head should think twice about what you are doing.”

– Lorenzo Anello.

4. “Lorenzo: The other night he tried to throw away his baseball cards because he said Mickey Mantle would never pay our rent.

Sonny: He said that to you? I can’t believe that kid.

Lorenzo: That’s not funny. Not when your kid has a bigger bank account than you do.”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

5. “Detective Belsik: There were people who saw him.

Lorenzo: Well, they’re wrong. He don’t know nothin’.

Detective Belsik: Listen, Mr. Anello, we could do things the nice way or we could do things the hard way. Alright?”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

6. “Lorenzo: You don’t fool with a man’s family. This is my son, not yours.

Sonny: What are you gonna do, fight me?

Lorenzo: You stay away from my son!”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

Sonny Quotes From ‘A Bronx Tale’

'A Bronx Tale' has some of the most memorable Robert De Niro movie quotes.

While Robert De Niro as Lorenzo Anello and Robert De Niro quotes were an integral part of the movie, Chazz Palminteri as Sonny often steals the spotlight. The Italian mobster, who inadvertently plays a role as young Calogero’s mentor, has a lot to say when it comes to growing up on the wrong side of the Bronx. Sonny, played by Chazz Palminteri, is the perfect example of a man who has his heart in the right place, despite his bad reputation. His way of life and experiences alongside his right-hand man, Clem Caserta, gives the audience a glimpse into the world of the Bronx from an experienced perspective. As the contributing writer of the script, Chazz Palminteri wrote quite a few of the Bronx quotes for himself. This means that the best quotes from ‘A Bronx Tale’ are often said by Sonny. Here are some of the ‘A Bronx Tale’ quotes from Chazz Palminteri that you will love.

7. “You gotta do what your heart tells you to do.”

– Sonny.

8. “Calogero: What did you do?

Sonny: Me, I read.”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

9. “Mickey Mantle don’t care about you, so why should you care about him? Nobody cares.”

– Sonny.

10. “Sometimes hurting somebody ain’t the answer. First of all, is he a good friend of yours?”

– Sonny.

11. “We’ve been mushed!”

– Sonny.

12. “Sonny: You like this girl?

Calogero: I do, but I don’t want to hear all the guys. I don’t want to hear all their mouths…”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

Calogero Quotes From ‘A Bronx Tale’

In the end, ‘A Bronx Tale’ is about a young kid trying to find his way in a neighborhood in the Bronx while being caught up in a crossfire, and ‘A Bronx Tale’ quotes reflect exactly that. The coming of age story is nothing without Calogero Anello, who forms the bones of the story. Played by Lillo Brancato, it’s through Calogero’s story that we meet a myriad of characters, including Lorenzo and Sonny. We see the influence that the neighborhood and these two figures have on Calogero as he grows up and lives up to the quote: “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent”. There’s a lot to learn from the naïve dialogues of a young Calogero, to the wisdom he gains and appreciates by the end of the movie. Here are some of the dialogues that we found best suited to showcase ‘A Bronx Tale’ quotes from Calogero Anello’s perspective.

13.

“Priest: Don’t be afraid, my son. No one is more powerful than God.

Calogero: I don’t know about that, father.”

– ‘A Bronx Tale’.

14. “It was great to be Catholic and go to confession. You could start over every week.”

– Calogero Anello.

15. “I was getting two educations: One from the street and one from school. That way I’d be twice as smart as everybody.”

– Calogero Anello.

16. “You just have to accept people for what they are.”

– Calogero Anello.

17. “I learned something from these two men. I learned to give love and get love unconditionally.”

– Calogero Anello.

A Bronx Tale Quotes

  • Sonny: You like this girl?

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: I do, but I don’t want to hear all the guys. I don’t want to hear all their mouths…

    Sonny: F those kids. Half of them are going to end up dead or in jail anyway. Nobody cares.”

     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • “I was getting two educations: One from the street and one from school. That way I’d be twice as smart as everybody.”
     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • “[a few blacks cross the road on bicycles]

    Slick: What the fuck, man? What the fuck? These fuckin’ spooks just came out of nowhere!

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: Why don’t you just leave em alone?

    Slick: What the fuck is it with you and these niggers lately?

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: They ain’t bothering nobody.

    Slick: They’re FUCKIN’ bothering me!

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: They ain’t bothering me.”

     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • Calogero ‘C’ Anello: He owes me 20 dollars. It’s been two weeks now, and every time he sees me he keeps dodging me. He’s becoming a real pain in the ass. Should I crack him one, or what?

    Sonny: Sometimes hurting somebody ain’t the answer. First of all, is he a good friend of yours?

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: No, I don’t even like him.

    Sonny: You don’t even like him. There’s your answer right there. Look at it this way: It costs you 20 dollars to get rid of him… He’s out of your life for 20 dollars. You got off cheap. Forget him.”

     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • “It was great to be Catholic and go to confession. You could start over every week.”
     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • Priest: Don’t be afraid, my son. No one is more powerful than God.

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: I don’t know about that, father. Your guy may be bigger than my guy up there, but my guy is bigger than your guy down here.

    Priest: Ya got a point.”

     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • [as C walks out of Sonny’s funeral] Sonny and my father always said that when I get older I would understand. Well, I finally did. I learned something from these two men. I learned to give love and get love unconditionally. You just have to accept people for what they are, and I learned the greatest gift of all. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever. But you can ask anybody from my neighborhood, and they’ll just tell you this is just another Bronx tale.”
     Calogero “C” Anello (Age 17), A Bronx Tale
  • Lorenzo[hears knocking on the door] Who is it?

    Detective Belsik: POLICE. Is this the Anello residence?

    Lorenzo: Yeah, could I help ya?

    Detective Belsik: Look, we’re detectives. We’d like to ask you some questions.

    Lorenzo: About what?

    Detective Belsik: Just open the door!”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale
  • Lorenzo[after Calogero looks at a whole lineup and doesn’t identify the shooter] You satisfied, officer?

    Detective Vella: No, I’m not satisfied.

    Lorenzo: He don’t know. He can’t help you.

    Detective Vella[cynically] Yeah, yeah, I know. Your son doesn’t know anything. I know all about it.

    Lorenzo: He said no. He can’t help you.

    Detective Vella[annoyed] I’ll tell ya what, take a walk. G’head. G’head.”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale
  • Detective Belsik[walks into the Lorenzos’] I’m Detective Belsik. [points to Vella] This is my partner Detective Vella. [to Calogero] Hello, son. [to Mrs. Anello] How ya doin’, ma’am? [turns to Lorenzo] We’d like to ask your son a few question.

    Lorenzo: About what?

    Detective Belsik: There was a shooting in front of the building a little while ago and we believe your son was there.

    Lorenzo: Really? Well, he don’t know nothin’ about that.

    Detective Belsik: Well, we feel he DOES. There were people who saw him.

    Lorenzo: Well, they’re WRONG. He don’t know nothin’.

    Detective Belsik: Listen, Mr. Anello, we could do things the nice way or we could do things the hard way. All right? We could go down to headquarters…

    Lorenzo: I don’t care what way you do it! He don’t know nothin’!

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello: Daddy, I know everything.

    Lorenzo: Kids, ya know, sometimes they make believe they see things.

    Detective Vella: We didn’t pick your name out of a hat. We know your son was down there. So, come on, let’s go.

    Detective Belsik: [to Calogero] Son, listen. Here’s what I’d like you to do for us. I’d like you to take a walk downstairs with us. And your father. We have some people down there. All I want you to do is pick out the person you saw with the gun in his hand. That’s it. Do you think you could do that for us?

    Calogero ‘C’ Anello[thinks about it, looks at his father] Yeah.”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale
  • Lorenzo[about C] The other night he tried to throw away his baseball cards because he said Mickey Mantle would never pay our rent.

    Sonny[laughs] He said that to you? I can’t believe that kid.

    [They all start laughing]

    Lorenzo: That’s not funny. Not when your kid has a bigger bank account than you do.”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale
  • Calogero ‘C’ Anello: Sonny was right. The working man IS a sucker, dad. He’s a sucker.

    Lorenzo: He’s wrong! It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger, but try and get up every morning, day after day and work for a livin’! Let’s see him try that! Then we’ll see who’s the REAL tough guy! The working man’s the tough guy! Your father’s the tough guy!”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale
  • Lorenzo[Coming to Calogero’s defense against the angry gangsters] Calogero! Calogero! [to Sonny] What happened to my son?

    Sonny: Drive your bus and get the fuck out of here!

    Lorenzo: I’ll get my fucking bus! [Tries to hit Sonny, but the gangsters grab him] You put your hands on me, I’ll stick you in the fucking ground! [the gangsters punch Lorenzo in the stomach and knock him down]

    Sonny: Next time find out what’s going on before you open your mouth.”

     Lorenzo Anello, A Bronx Tale

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