The Many Saints of Newark
The Many Saints of Newark
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“The Many Saints of Newark” is the much‐anticipated feature film prequel to the groundbreaking, award‐winning HBO drama series The Sopranos. Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in the explosive era of the Newark’s riots, 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, 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.
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Critics Consensus: Even as its storytelling chafes at the edges of its cinematic constraints, The Many Saints of Newark proves The Sopranos' allure is still powerful.
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Sopranos prequel is out of whack; violence, sex, smoking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that crime drama The Many Saints of Newark is a very mature prequel to the landmark TV series The Sopranos. It tracks the teenage Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) as he makes his way toward adulthood amid the violence and despair of the gang war in which his family is embroiled. While the character of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) is explained, viewers who aren't well-versed in the backstories of the rest of the characters from the long-running series may be very lost. Expect lots of blood-soaked violence, particularly deadly shootings and beatings, as well as domestic abuse and graphic scenes of torture. Racial tensions between the Italian American and Black communities during the 1960s and '70s in Newark, New Jersey, serve as a backdrop for the movie's events; characters engage in racially motivated conflict and express racist attitudes. Several scenes of lusty sex include extended footage of a topless woman. While one woman character defies mainstream gender expectations of the era, others are treated dismissively and even abusively. Just like the series, expect plenty of strong language ("f--k," "c--t," the "N" word, and much more), as well as drinking and near-constant consequence-free smoking.
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- Release Date:October 1, 2021
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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