The Many Saints Of Newark VERIFIED
Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema obtained the rights to produce The Many Saints of Newark alongside HBO Films. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Fall Preview on September 22, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 1, along with a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances of Gandolfini and Nivola, though some criticized the script. During its theatrical release, the film grossed $13 million against a budget of $50 million, but it was a streaming success on HBO Max and contributed to a spike in viewership for The Sopranos.
The Many Saints of Newark
Chase said that the main storyline centers on the 1967 Newark riots and racial tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities. Chase's biggest challenge during writing was the inclusion of many storylines for different characters; some aspects of those storylines were dropped during editing to let the storylines "take shape" within the film's overall narrative.
A second possibility behind Christopher's narration is hidden in the title of the film itself. Moltisanti actually translates as "many saints", which, given the film's title, suggests that it is the Moltisantis rather than the Sopranos that will be the main focus of the drama. Therefore, having a Moltisanti that the audience is already familiar with providing narration aptly reflects the film's cryptic title and may shed some light on the wider Moltisanti family as the narrative unfolds.
The Sopranos is no doubt considered as one of the best and most influential series in the history of television -- but its finale is also one of the most controversial. As IGN's Matt Fowler wrote in our list of the most divisive finales of all time, the cut-to-black conclusion "got a ton of flak at the time, though now, years later, many fans and critics have come around on it as one of the more daring examples of 'different' done right."
While the plot works as a continuing story, it feels truncated. Chase and Lawrence Konner should have made one more pass at the screenplay before it was finalized. There are many specific plot points which had to be met during the film in order for it to fit into the history it is foretelling, and too many pieces had to be forced to bring the jigsaw puzzle together. The Many Saints of Newark is so tightly wedged into two hours, parts come across like a mid-season clip show. For those unfamiliar with the series, the story might be hard to follow. It skips through exposition, which longtime viewers are able to put together through osmosis. But even aspects of the central story are cut short.
David Chase employed many of the Goodfellas cast in his HBO series The Sopranos, but it took until the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark for him to finally bring Ray Liotta in the fold. Chase made the most of it, as Liotta played two roles: Hollywood Dick Moltisanti, and his brother Salvatore Moltisanti. Like everyone, Chase is today mourning the shocking death of Liotta, who died on location in the Dominican Republic where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. 041b061a72