As Gabriella’s observations of the neighborhood’s poverty, crooked dealings and racial disharmony begin to get under Parente’s skin, he orders Nicky to search her room. He discovers a video dossier on Parente, which he shows to Al. Confronting Gabriella, Al learns that her black father was killed in an act of random retaliation following the murder of his own father, which was wrongfully attributed to black thrill-seekers.
Meanwhile, Parente attempts to persuade local bar-owner Louie (Tony Danza) to make his premises available to his drug-dealing associates. When Louie refuses and is subsequently killed, Al learns the truth about Parente’s involvement in this and his father’s murder.
Although his character’s conflicts over his desire for an honest life are poorly drawn, Spano is sympathetic. In her first English-language role, “Il Postino” siren Cucinotta is adequate but not entirely comfortable with the dialogue. Aiello has played minor variations on this character before — most recently in “City Hall” — with better results. Rainone keeps the pace even, but fails to distinguish the sub-Scorsese material from countless other similarly themed dramas.