It is a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philadelphia, where 12-year old Gennaro (Jerry Barone) lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandfather (Al Pacino). His grandfather sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he has promised to Gennaro so the boy can buy a ticket to a plush new movie theatre. 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.
Set in the years of the depression this is the story of an old dying man seen from the perspective of a 12 year old boy. As stories go it is amusing in parts, in others sad. Pacino is of course awesome. The boy actor is tolerably satisfactory. Its true outstanding virtue is its imagery. The lighting is very warm and interesting, the views through interior door stained glass is both nostalgic and unusual, the detail in the furniture and interior design is beautiful and emotive. This is a very evocative film but with some pretty average acting from most of the players.