Two Bits
Two Bits is an American drama film
Drama film
A drama film is a film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes. Dramatic themes such as alcoholism, drug addiction, infidelity, moral dilemmas, racial prejudice, religious intolerance, poverty, class divisions, violence against women...

. It was directed by James Foley
James Foley
James Foley is an American film director and screenwriter. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, the son of a lawyer...

, and stars Al Pacino
Al Pacino
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, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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, and Jerry Barone. It was released on November 22, 1995
1995 in film
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The title refers to the American slang term two bits
Bit (money)
The word bit is a colloquial expression referring to specific coins in various coinages throughout the world.-United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries:...

 for a quarter dollar.

Plot summary

It is a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philadelphia
South Philadelphia
South Philadelphia, nicknamed South Philly, is the section of Philadelphia bounded by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west.-History:...

, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandfather. His grandfather sits outside holding tight to his last quarter. He has promised the quarter to Gennaro so the boy can buy a ticket to a plush new movie theater. But grandpa is not ready to pass on the quarter or pass on to his final reward. He has some unfinished business with a woman from his past, and he enlists Gennaro to act as his emissary.
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