De Niro attended PS 41, a public elementary school in Manhattan, through the sixth grade.
He then went to Elisabeth Irwin High School, the private upper school of the Little Red School House, for the seventh and eighth grades.
C's leap to manhood is marked by tragedy, but also by his recognition of the many faces of love.
The story, written by Chazz Palminteri, is adapted from his autobiographical one-man play. Several studios approached him to purchase the film rights, with at least one offering $1 million, but Palminteri refused to sell them unless he could write the screenplay and play the role of Sonny.
Sonny knows that he's feared and it just encourages him to keep trying to rise in power.