Facts About “The Sopranos” You Should Know Before Seeing “The Many Saints of Newark”

Woke up this morning and wanted to reboot “The Sopranos” from episode 1?

Along with the prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark” premiered Friday (in theaters and HBO Max), it’s tempting to try and revisit the iconic series from the start.

That’s because the new movie, which shows what life was like for the DiMeo crime family in the 1960s and 1970s, requires a bit of background knowledge about the main actors, including the possible Mafia boss. , sadly complex, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).

But we’ve got you covered. Below are 10 crucial – and relevant – details from the six seasons of “The Sopranos,” so you’re ready to get the most out of the movie.

Moltisanti translates to “many saints”

Get ready for the first glimpse of famous Dickie Moltisanti in “The Many Saints of Newark”.

Talk about a direct clue from the door! In this fictional New Jersey mafia world, there is no bloodline more revered than that of the Moltisantis – although so far only Christopher Moltisanti has appeared as a major character on screen.

Throughout the series, Christopher (Michael Imperioli) is treated to crazy stories about his father, Dickie Moltisanti, who ran Tony’s team before he was murdered, when Christopher was a baby.

In fact, Christopher holds his father in such high esteem that in season 2’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” the images of the aspiring actor dearly left Dickie just to shed a few tears in a acting class.

In “The Many Saints of Newark”, we finally meet the legend.

Abuse is rampant in the Moltisanti clan

Fans have had many glimpses of Christopher and Adriana's bad romance in
Fans have had many glimpses of Christopher and Adriana’s bad romance in “The Sopranos”.

In “The Sopranos”, Christopher struggles with drug addiction and physically and verbally attacks his fiancée Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo). Eventually, the beatings become so severe that Adriana’s uncle, Richie Aprile (David Proval) intervenes and threatens Christopher’s life if he continues to hit her.

Christopher is also verbally abusive of his mother, calling her “af – – king damn” during his medicated intervention in “The Strong Silent Type” season 4.

“The Many Saints of Newark” helps us understand how Christopher developed this appetite for violence.

Therapy is taboo in the crowd

Dealing with mental health is a form of weakness in this fictional crowd world.
Dealing with mental health is a form of weakness in this fictional crowd world.

In the mafia world, letting off steam too often involves firing a few punches in the back of someone’s head.

Tony, however, is unique – at the start of the series, he seeks treatment for his mental health issues because he suffers from debilitating panic attacks.

When his mother Livia (Nancy Marchand) finds out he’s seeing a shrink (Lorraine Bracco), she conspires with her brother-in-law Junior Soprano (Dominic Chianese) to get Tony out.

As viewers will see in the prequel, secrets about crowd sanity were even more closely guarded at the time.

Tony could never make his mother happy

If you were to look up the word misery in a dictionary it would direct you to Livia Soprano.
If you were to look up the word misery in a dictionary it would direct you to Livia Soprano.
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The only thing harder than running a crime family is winning over a bitter mother, as “The Sopranos” so clearly demonstrated.

Tony fights with mom Livia for everything, but especially his life situation. After it becomes apparent that old Livia can no longer take care of herself, Tony moves to find her an apartment in an expensive retirement community. Livia, however, dismisses him as a seedy nursing home where she will be abandoned to die.

Even after Tony learns that his mother plotted to have him killed, he still longs for her approval.

But at least as an adult, Tony found ways to keep his distance from his wacky mother – as a child he wasn’t so lucky. After a lifetime of Livia, it’s no wonder Tony has landed on a therapist’s couch.

Tony isn’t the only one who can’t stand Livia

Livia Soprano was hated by everyone who came her way and it was for good reason.
Livia Soprano was hated by everyone who came her way and it was for good reason.
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Based on creator David Chase A full mother Livia managed to successfully antagonize everyone she came into contact with on “The Sopranos”.

Whether it’s her son, a nurse, a friend of Tony’s, or her own stepdaughter Carmella (Edie Falco), Livia finds a way to ruin their day with her bad attitude and sharp tongue.

We learn in “Many Saints” that this was true in her youth too, when she was still married to Tony’s father “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Joseph Siravo).

As fans of the show already know, Livia was so universally hated that no one has anything nice to say about her during her funeral, which takes place in Season 3.

“We have suffered for years under the yoke of this woman! Carmela’s gentle-mannered father Hugh DeAngelis (Tom Aldredge) exclaims among those in mourning.

Johnny Boy goes to jail when Tony is a teenager

With Johnny Boy in the box, who modeled young Tony?
With Johnny Boy in the box, who modeled young Tony?
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During a therapy session in Season 1’s “Down Neck”, Tony recalls the arrest of his father, Johnny Boy, in 1967, which kept him away from his nuclear and criminal family. for four crucial years.

This period was a period of maturity for the young and impressionable Tony, whose only domestic role model was the chemically unbalanced Livia. She provided him little solace during the Newark Riots of 1967 and beyond.

Knowing that Johnny Boy was a longtime government guest, it prompts the premise of the film: Who really brought Tony Soprano to the crowd?

The family abandons Newark

Newark has changed a lot since the days of these Saints.
Newark has changed a lot since the days of these Saints.

The once proud home of Tony and Christopher’s parents turns out to be a shell of their former self riddled with drugs, petty crime, and poverty throughout “The Sopranos.”

In “Many Saints,” we see the DiMeo family and their associates abandon the city in the wake of the riots, moving one by one through the cozy suburbs of northern New Jersey.

Although the Soprano family still does a lot of business in Newark, it is no longer a hotbed for the Italian community by the time Tony takes over as boss in the late 1990s. Tony is still investing in real estate. in Newark and sells its assets to Jamba Juice in Season 6’s “Johnny Cakes”.

Mafia guys don’t think of themselves as bad

Murder, drugs, strippers, all of this in a fair day's work for the Soprano team.
Murder, drugs, strippers, all of this in a fair day’s work for the Soprano team.

After Christopher nearly died, Tony tells his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, that what he and his associates are doing is actually right in Season 2’s “From Where to Eternity”.

“The soldiers don’t go to hell, everyone involved knows the issues and you have to do certain things,” he said. “It’s business. We are soldiers. we follow codes, orders.

The soprano and his team use this logic to justify their many evil deeds, distinguishing their lives of murder, extortion, adultery and violence from those they consider “twisted and demented psychos”, including cannibals. , child molesters and dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Pol Pot. .

“These are the bad f – – ks who deserve to die,” Soprano told Dr. Melfi.

After watching the movie, you can draw your own conclusions.

Junior Soprano is totally insecure

It's amazing he never did it with Angie Dickinson.
It’s no wonder he never did it with Angie Dickinson.
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Corrado “Junior” Soprano never gets the respect he thinks he deserves in “The Sopranos”.

Even when he’s named Season 1’s boss, he’s revealed to be a figurehead, only promoted to take the downfall if the family’s legal issues get more serious.

Throughout the series, he feels threatened by his nephew Tony, the boy he helped raise on the streets of Newark. Tensions come to a head when Tony learns of Junior’s predilection for a certain “non-virile” sexual act in “Boca” from season 1

The film exposes Junior’s awkwardness as a young man and the effect it has on his legacy.

Tony never had the makings of a varsity athlete

One of the biggest mysteries of "The Sopranos" was what kept Tony from being a bright and talented teenager.
One of the biggest mysteries of “The Sopranos” was what kept Tony from being a bright and talented teenager.

Just like Tony lashes out at Junior, Corrado also knows how to push buttons on the younger Soprano.

Even in the pilot episode, there are times when Junior never thought Tony had the talent to be successful on the soccer or baseball fields.

In season 5’s “Where’s Johnny”, Junior brings it up once again at a family dinner with Tony, causing the indignant soprano to walk away from the table. Later that same season, in “The Test Dream,” Tony sees his former football coach in a dream, which causes him to question his life choices.

So what stopped Tony from winning his letter? More importantly, how did a Jersey kid become a mobster in therapy?

See for yourself – we’re done snooping for now.

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