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Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)

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A young man struggles with the fact that his girlfriend was once raped.

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Girl
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J.R.
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Girl in Dream (as Ann Collette)
Lennard Kuras ...
Joey
Michael Scala ...
Sally Gaga
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Harry
Tsuai Yu-Lan ...
Girl in Dream
Saskia Holleman ...
Girl in Dream
Bill Minkin ...
Iggy at Party
Philip Carlson ...
Boy in Copake (as Phil Carlson)
Wendy Russell ...
Gaga's Girl
Robert Uricola ...
Boy with Gun
Susan Wood ...
Girl at Party
Marissa Mathes ...
Girl at Party (as Marrisa Joffrey)
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J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic guilt than Scorsese's later work, we see what happens to J.R. when his religious guilt catches up with him. Written by David Gibson <djg@ukc.ac.uk>

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Mean Streets was just around the corner.

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20 January 1978 (Finland)  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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J.R.: Everybody should like westerns.
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The momentary turn-on of casual conversation...
25 November 2013 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Striking, if aimless debut from writer-director Martin Scorsese, involving a well-dressed but feckless young man (Harvey Keitel, in his acting debut) on the streets of New York who meets a lovely single girl reading a foreign magazine and strikes up a conversation about movies; soon after, they begin dating, however she volunteers more about her past than he is able to handle. What began as a short film from film student Scorsese was eventually expanded upon and, with a title change or two, released to some acclaim in 1967. The sexual montage, featuring Keitel and his 'broads' (and set to "The End" by the Doors) is a fabulous example of cinematic sound and fury: the perfect marriage between silvery black-and-white cinematography, kinetic editing, great music and lusty bodies on display. Unfortunately, Scorsese as a writer had not developed a true ear for canny dialogue, and the characters fail to emerge as a result. Still, an almost-dynamic first try, and a must-see for film historians. Keitel, marvelously youthful and muscular, is more callow than expressive, though he gives the picture its pulse; the cinematography from Richard Coll and Michael Wadley also helps. **1/2 from ****


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