Monday, July 29, 2013


All you need to learn in life you can learn from watching "A Bronx Tale."

Okay, maybe that is a bit of a stretch.

I know this is a music blog, but on a couple of occasions (HERE and HERE), I have participated in blogfests listing my favorite movies.

One movie that always makes the cut is 1993’s A Bronx Tale, starring Robert DeNiro in his directorial debut and featuring/written by Chazz Palminteri.

This excellent film opens with the sounds of romance in the Bronx (“Marie! Get in the f*&king car!”). There are a few violent scenes, but mostly the story is about a boy who is drawn to the local gangster against the wishes of his bus-driver father.

I also love the film because of all the important life lessons contained within. You may think I say this in jest, but all you need to know in life, you can learn from watching this film.

And I am going to prove it.

Today continues a series of posts describing the valuable  lessons contained in the film.

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”

Lesson 8: Being A Gracious Host (And Guest)

In one of the violent scenes in the film, some bikers walk into Sonny's bar.

Initially, the bartender refuses them service due to their attire. Sonny talks to them, and they assure him they just want to grab a cold beer and hit the road.

Sonny tells the bartender to serve them, and the bikers start getting out of hand.

Sonny asks them to leave, and they ignore him.

Sonny walks to the front door and locks it.

And says, “Now youse can’t leave.”

And Sonny’s gang beats the tar out of the bikers.

A lot of lessons to be learned here.

Be a gracious host (Sonny was) and a grateful guest (the bikers were not).

Don't mistake patience or a gentleman's demeanor for weakness.
This is a great scene, but heads up for the language and violence....




  1. And don't assume that just because a man's wearing a nice suit, he won't dirty it up beating the crap out of you...

    Great scene.

    1. B or B (since I never know for sure who stopped by)-

      Well put.

      Sonny came from an era when you wore a suit every day (no casual Friday for him) and if he happened to have a rumble that day, so be it.

      In this scene, he beat the crap out of the biker gang before eating lunch....

  2. What a scene!

    And so true in a couple of ways...

    Many people (I've noticed that Liberals are especially guilty of this) mistake politeness and decency for weakness.

    There often comes a time in the life of a bully when they suddenly realize to their great surprise that they have come face to face with the wrong person - the person who simply will not take their crap.

    There's always a badder dog just around the corner.

    ~ Stephen

    1. Stephen-

      Your last sentence is the lesson every wannabe tough guy needs to learn.

      You'll never be the toughest. There's always someone tougher.

      So lighten up, and save it for when you really have to draw a line in the sand.

      Because those are the times that are the true measure of a man-sticking up for what is right when the odds are against you.

      I never did care for bullies.