Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The uplifting documentary The Bronx Boys chronicles the 2001 reunion of fifteen men, all born in the Bronx and all friends since starting kindergarten together in 1936. The friends are an eclectic mix of professionals, including several prominent and celebrated members of the entertainment profession: Seinfeld co-producers (and managers of the late Andy Kaufman) George Shapiro and Howard West (also producers of the film), screenwriter John Herman Shaner (The Last Married Couple in America), and clothing designer Lenny Lauren (brother and business partner of Ralph Lauren). Also in the group are a sociology professor, a jeweler, and an engineer. With the enthusiasm and energy of schoolboys, the buddies come together to celebrate their 70th birthdays over the course of a long summer weekend. They trade reminiscences and jokes about each other, hash out the old teachers they loved to hate, and recall the girls they had crushes on during their schoolboy days. A highlight of the film is an extended sequence in which the septuagenarians relive some of their favorite schoolyard games such as stickball, basketball, football, marbles, and chestnuts. The Bronx Boys was created by film and television director/editor Benjamin Hershleder and hosted by Bronx native Carl Reiner. The film was selected as a winner in the 2002 DV Awards and received a Bronze Telly Award and a Silver Remi Award from WorldFest Houston that same year. It aired on Cinemax's Reel Life series in 2003 and was scheduled for release by PBS in Fall 2004.
friendship, reunion, reminiscence, celebration, childhood, neighborhood, playground, playmates, games, tribute, basketball, football, marbles [game], stickball