Two Bits

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Two Bits

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Foley
Produced by Arthur Cohn
Written by Joseph Stefano
Narrated by Alec Baldwin
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography Juan Ruiz Anchía
Edited by Howard E. Smith
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $26,282

Two Bits is a 1995 American drama film directed by James Foley and starring Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Jerry Barone. It was written by Joseph Stefano, who considered the film a personal project, with a semi-biographical story. The title refers to the American slang term "two bits", for a quarter dollar.


It is a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philadelphia, 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.



The film was nominated for two Young Artist Awards, Best Family Feature and Best Young Leading Actor (Jerry Barone).

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