"The Sopranos" prequel feature, "The Many Saints of Newark", stars Michael Gandolfini (son of James Gandolfini) as young 'Tony Soprano', available to stream for one month September 24, 2021 on HBO Max while screening simultaneously in theaters:
"...'Dickie Moltisanti' the father of 'Christopher' and a 'mob soldier' who died in the 1970's at the hands of a crooked cop, provides an entry point...
"...into a look at the 'Soprano' mob's origins in the turbulence of racial tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans in Newark, NJ..."
"I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", said "The Sopranos" creator David Chase.
"I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents.
"But the thing that interested me most was Tony's boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.
"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and Italians at the time and 'Tony Soprano' will be part of this, but as a kid.
"I was just interested in the whole 'Newark Riot' thing..."
The 1967 Newark riots occurred in the city of Newark, New Jersey, between July 12 and July 17, 1967.
Over the four days of rioting, looting, and property destruction, 26 people died and hundreds were injured.
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