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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ trailer: Alessandro Nivola, Michael Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

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“The Many Saints of Newark,” David Chase’s long-awaited prequel film to his Emmy-winning mob drama “The Sopranos,” lastly arrived in theaters and on HBO Max Friday, 14 years after the present went off the air in 2007. 

The gritty movie stars newcomer Michael Gandolfini as younger Tony Soprano, taking part in the position embodied by his late dad James Gandolfini for six seasons of the HBO hit. The film is sprinkled with youthful variations of fan favorites from the collection, together with Tony’s mother, Livia (Vera Farmiga), Paulie Walnuts (Billy Magnussen) and Tony’s Uncle Junior (Corey Stoll), and facilities on a personality talked about however barely seen within the present, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola).



James Gandolfini, left, and Edie Falco in a scene from the HBO series "The Sopranos."


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James Gandolfini, left, and Edie Falco in a scene from the HBO collection “The Sopranos.”

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Whether or not you’re new to the “Sopranos” or a longtime fan, listed here are the episodes it’s best to watch that can assist put together you for “Newark.” 

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1. Season 1, Episode 7, ‘Down Neck’

“Newark” briefly recreates a flashback from this early episode, when Tony and his rebellious sister Janice (Mattea Conforti within the film), witness their dad, Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Jon Bernthal), being carted off by police whereas at an amusement park. 

One other notable second from this episode is between Tony’s son, A.J. (Robert Iler), and his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), when A.J. tells her that Tony sees a psychiatrist. “He doesn’t,” she disgustedly responds. Livia’s resistance to remedy and anti-depressants is a key sticking level between the youthful Livia and Tony in “Newark,” with a heated confrontation about her refusing to take medicine and her inflexible perception that individuals who search assist for psychological well being are weak. A scene between Tony and a faculty steering counselor additionally parallels his older self’s reluctant remedy periods with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) from the present.

2. Season 3, Episode 2, ‘Proshai, Livushka’ 

A Black individual lastly takes middle stage within the “Sopranos” universe with Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Newark” character Harold McBrayer, a fixer for Dickie who turns into his rival. Harold confronts racism from disparaging mobsters and goomahs (an Italian time period for “mistresses”), as he watches his neighborhood actually burn to the bottom within the 1967 Newark race riots. 

Harold looks like Chase’s try at course-correcting. His nuanced arc is in stark distinction to different Black characters we noticed all through “Sopranos,” who had been stereotyped as drug addicts (“Watching Too A lot Tv”), gangsta rappers (“A Hit is a Hit”) and anonymous criminals (“Unidentified Black Males”). In reality, the one Black individual with a noteworthy recurring position was Noah (Patrick Tully), the half-Black, half-Jewish boyfriend of Tony’s daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). Tony’s racism is maybe most overtly uncovered on this uncomfortable episode, wherein he hurls slurs at Noah and finally drives a wedge between the smitten school couple.

3. Season 4, Episode 1: ‘For All Money owed Public and Personal’ 

On this tense Season 4 opener, Chris tracks down the cop, Barry Haydu (Tom Mason), who allegedly murdered his dad, Dickie. Breaking into his house and handcuffing him, Chris angrily interrogates Barry, who denies any involvement within the killing. “Newark” depicts Dickie’s demise exterior his house when Chris was only a child, permitting viewers to see whether or not Barry actually killed him.

4. Season 6, Episode 18: ‘Kennedy and Heidi’ 

“Newark” opens with a shot of Chris’ tombstone, with Chrissy himself narrating from past the grave. “I met demise on Route 23,” he says. Chris, after all, is referring to this late Season 6 episode when he will get right into a automobile accident whereas driving one night time with Tony. Chris asks Tony to name him a taxi as a result of he would not move a sobriety take a look at. However after noticing a tree department impaled the empty toddler automobile seat, Tony realizes that Chris would’ve killed his personal child daughter had she been within the automobile. He then pinches Chris’ nostril till he suffocates to demise whereas choking on his personal blood. 

5. Season 6, Episode 21: ‘Made in America’ 

Loads of well-known “Sopranos” locales pop up all through “Newark,” together with mobster hangout Satriale’s Pork Retailer. However none is extra iconic than Holsten’s ice cream parlor, the place Tony might or might not have gotten whacked to the tune of Journey’s “Do not Cease Believin'” whereas out to dinner along with his household within the much-debated collection finale. Holsten’s makes a few appearances in the brand new film when a younger Tony and his finest pal Artie Bucco (Matteo Russo) go there after college. Later within the movie, teenage Tony anxiously waits for any person on the restaurant. (Cue the doorbell.) 

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Many Saints of Newark’: 5 ‘Sopranos’ episodes it’s good to watch earlier than the brand new film

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