David Lynch's " Twin Peaks Fire Walk with me" is the gold standard for movies that can be used as prequels to TV series. Lynch, who directed six episodes of the two-season series, made amends. Lynch directed "Fire Walk with Me," which was widely and incorrectly criticized at its time. This was because Lynch used radical subjectivity to handle the same material as the TV series. Lynch did more than just expand the story, he extended its imaginative scope.
The story takes place in two periods: 1967, when Tony is eleven years old (played here by William Ludwig) and 1971-72 when he is a teenager (played here by Michael Gandolfini, who is the real-life brother of James Gandolfini. Tony was also featured in the TV series). The story centers on the future antihero's relationships with the Moltisanti family, which means "many saints" and in particular with Tony's Uncle Dickie, who is actually the movie's protagonist. Dickie is young and charming, at least according to the snobby Newark mobsters. When the story starts, he has two problems. His widowed father Hollywood Dick (Ray Liotta) has remarried Giuseppina, a younger woman from Italy. This sparks a sexual connection between Giuseppina and Dickie. The second is that Dickie manages the Newark numbers racket. This includes neighborhoods in which gangs are operating. As a key plot point, the movie uses the 1967 Newark riots as an example of the police brutality that was committed against John Smith , a Black taxi driver. (Whom the movie names). Contrary to popular belief, "The Many Saints of Newark," makes Dickie the primary cause of the uprising. He is a wise-guy named "Forrest Gump", who rides a taxi through the city on Mob business.