Life goes on for handsome 19-year-old Stony de Coco of The Bronx. Girls and dancing in the evening. A union job with good pay in the day. But what Stony (Richard Gere) doesn't know is where his life is going. Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird) directs a tough yet tender slice-of-life rich in great characters, deep feelings and performances crystallizing the love/hate duality of family life. Stony loves his younger brother (Michael Hershewe), but can't stop his unbalanced mother (Lelia Goldoni) from terrorizing the boy into illness. He's started to explore life's possibilities, but hasn't the heart to reject the career his aggressive father (Tony Lo Bianco) wants for him. Paul Sorvino plays an uncle who loves Stony like a son. And Marilu Henner is an understanding pal encouraging Stony to take a stand. Once he does, Stony's triumph is ours.
Older brother Chubby (Paul Sorvino) is a combative, booze-swilling, rough-edged construction worker, following in the footsteps of his brother Tommy (Tony Lo Bianco). Macho in the extreme, these fellows have no time for the sensitive moral quandaries which are at the heart of the two younger brothers' lives. Stony (Richard Gere), has worked with his father in the construction business, but longs to work with children. Albert (Michael Hershewe), the youngest, is a sensitive lad, the butt of his father and oldest brother's rough manner, and is constantly being harassed by his stressed-out mother (Lelia Goldoni). After a few attempts to communicate with his insensitive older brother and his parents, Stony must decide for himself if the rejection he will experience from his family on leaving the construction business is worth it; and if it is, what can be done to protect his younger brother from the rest of the family'
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