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Starring: Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Crime drama directed by Alan Taylor. Prequel to HBO series The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark follows a young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini), who is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’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 idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities, and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know, Tony Soprano.
Our Favorite Quote:'It's the wanting. All life is pain. Pain comes from always wanting things.' - Sal 'Sally' Moltisanti (The Many Saints of Newark) Click To Tweet
Christopher Moltisanti: Moltisanti is a religious name. And still I’m f***ed. I met death on Route 23, not too far from here. But that was much later.
Christopher Moltisanti: The little fat kid is my uncle, Tony. Soprano. Well, we call him my uncle, by marriage. He choked me to death.
Dickie Moltisanti: [to Hollywood Dick] Most guys sixty-five go to Europe on vacation, they come back with the gout. You come back with the winner, Miss Provolone, 1967.
Christopher Moltisanti: After he murdered me, Tony gave my wife and baby his pocket change. But that was much later.
Leon Overall: Who the f*** are you?
Dickie Moltisanti: The guy who one time put out somebody’s eye for talking to him like that.
Priest: I didn’t catch the name.
Pussy Bonpensiero: Pussy.
‘Hollywood Dick’ Moltisanti: Don’t worry, Father, it’s not what you think it is.
Harold McBrayer: Goddamn Gentleman Dickie Moltisanti. Always comes to me to handle his nasty work.
Harold McBrayer: The army won’t take me now. I always wanted to join up, but I had two felony convictions.
Queen Isola: Take you?
Harold McBrayer: Happened to stop by a recruiting office today, and it made me remember.
Queen Isola: Brothers doing all the dying over there. We don’t need no more.
Harold McBrayer: Well, somebody’s going to to win the Medal of Honor.
Queen Isola: Not a Black man. Please.
Gil Scott-Heron: Standing in the ruins Of another Black man’s life. Or flying through the valley Separating day and night, “I am death,” cried the vulture, “For the people of the night.” In a wilderness of heartbreak and a desert of despair. Evil’s clarion of justice Shrieks a cry of naked terror, taking babies from their mommas, leaving grief beyond compare. So if you see the vulture coming Flying circles in your mind, remember, there is no escaping, for he will follow close behind. Only promise me a battle, battle for your soul and mine. And mine.
Dickie Moltisanti: [referring to Giuseppina] How high did she bounce?
‘Hollywood Dick’ Moltisanti: What are you talking about?
Dickie Moltisanti: When you threw her down the stairs.
‘Hollywood Dick’ Moltisanti: Got two left feet.
Dickie Moltisanti: Because you used to throw my mother down the stairs. I didn’t like it then, I don’t like it now.
Dickie Moltisanti: [referring to Giuseppina] I promise you, you hurt her again, you’re going down the stairs.
‘Hollywood Dick’ Moltisanti: Who the f*** do you think you’re f***ing talking to?
Dickie Moltisanti: You got away with it once with mom! But I was a little kid. You’re not getting away with it again!
[after which he kills Dick]
Livia Soprano: [to young Tony at Hollywood Dick’s funeral] They called him Hollywood Dick. Imagine what he looks like now.
Junior Soprano: When my brother’s away, everything goes through me.
Buddha: You got diarrhea?
Junior Soprano: Comedian.
Junior Soprano: [as Hollywood Dick’s funeral] What a blow.
Dickie Moltisanti: Yeah, well, at least you still got your brother. Yeah. I got nobody.
Junior Soprano: Dickie, consider me your brother from now on, huh?
Dickie Moltisanti: Well, you being out here isolated, out of contact with the family, my old man said you deserved it. But I want to do whatever I can to help you from now. It wasn’t right how they treated you.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: I was twenty-five. I murdered a made guy in our own family. I’m here for a good reason. You don’t need to help me.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: What do you want, Richard?
Dickie Moltisanti: I’ll be honest with you. I want to do a good deed.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: A what?
Dickie Moltisanti: A good deed.
Livia Soprano: [referring to Tony] You got to talk to him.
Dickie Moltisanti: Johnny should do it.
Livia Soprano: You’re the only one he listens to.
Dickie Moltisanti: Johnny should do it. You’re going to see him visiting day.
Livia Soprano: Johnny’s just going to want to hit him, and he can’t because of the glass partition, and he’s just going to get frustrated.
Junior Soprano: I got some Lady Schick blow dryers. Livia, take one for yourself. One for Janice.
Livia Soprano: I got bigger problems than blow dryers. Anthony got kicked out of school.
Junior Soprano: Let me go talk to him. I promised Johnny I’d take care of Tony while he was in jail.
Livia Soprano: The way you talk, you just confuse him. He only listens to Dickie.
Dickie Moltisanti: Can’t you read a regular comic? You know, Superman, Jughead.
Young Tony Soprano: It’s about some Jewish girl and a knight. And Robin Hood’s in it.
Dickie Moltisanti: I didn’t know they had Jews back in the Middle Ages.
Young Tony Soprano: Well, the Bible.
Dickie Moltisanti: You know I don’t like to lean on you about stuff. But you can’t start a gambling operation at school.
Young Tony Soprano: I know that, now.
Dickie Moltisanti: Hey, don’t bulls**t me. You always knew it.
Dickie Moltisanti: You got to have a better attitude. With your father gone, your mother’s got a lot on her plate. You got to be good. I don’t want to go through this again.
Young Tony Soprano: I try to be good.
Dickie Moltisanti: I don’t think so. Try harder. Pinky swear?
Young Tony Soprano: Jesus.
Dickie Moltisanti: Hey, you don’t talk to me like that. See, you’re not listening.
Young Tony Soprano: Fine. Pinky swear.
Silvio Dante: Where’s Candy tonight?
Junior Soprano: Migraine.
Dickie Moltisanti: Again with the migraine.
Paulie Walnuts: Keep a close eye on that one. She keeps disappearing, she’s probably f***ing some Tom, Dick, and Harry. Found a new gravy train.
Junior Soprano: I wonder what the origin of the sobriquet “gravy train” is.
Paulie Walnuts: They named it after the dog food.
Dickie Moltisanti: I don’t know about you, Junior. Guy tells you your girlfriend’s banging somebody else, you’re worried about the origin of “gravy train”?
Dickie Moltisanti: I’m going to give you five C’s. Yeah? It’s my gift to you. You don’t got to give it back.
Harold McBrayer: No, I want to pay you back.
Dickie Moltisanti: It’s better this way. You don’t got to be afraid to say hello to me, I don’t got to chase you down. Won’t come between us.
Harold McBrayer: So I guess this is goodbye.
Dickie Moltisanti: Yeah, you said your goodbye, so go.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: So, you did your good deed.
Dickie Moltisanti: Well, don’t put it like that. I plan to do a lot more.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: It’s the wanting.
Dickie Moltisanti: Huh?
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: The Buddhist will tell you, “All life is pain.” Pain comes from always wanting things.
Dickie Moltisanti: A son is not a thing.
Sal ‘Sally’ Moltisanti: It’s the wanting.
Young Tony Soprano: I want to make it to the NFL someday. For that, I got to go to college. So I got to watch my f***ing a**.
Young Artie Bucco: My old man told me I got to run his f***ing restaurant when I grow up. What does your old man say?
Young Tony Soprano: He says I got to f***ing rob your old man’s restaurant.
Young Artie Bucco: Do you know who I’d want to be? Your Uncle Dickie. How he f***ing dresses.
Young Tony Soprano: He said he’d give me five hundred dollars if I graduate from f***ing high school.