Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »
The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighbour- hood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city's Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. ... See full summary »
Robert De Niro,
Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30's meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and they team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment and she is eventually sucked into a life of crime with him. Written by
The train sequences were shot first and they took about a week. This was done to get the most complicated element of the production, working with a moving train, out of the way first. See more »
The currency shown in the film is all modern, post 1960s, with modern banking money bands. See more »
Mr. Mendes, Gambler:
Everybody's strikin'. East coast. West coast. What happens if everybody strikes? Firemen. Police. You know what that means? Anarchy. Chaos. We got a socialist people goin' on now. We got Reds comin' in. Reds around us. Reds in Washington goin' down. What's going to happen?
What are these Reds? That's all I ever hear about is Reds.
Mr. Mendes, Gambler:
Big Bill Shelly, he's a Red.
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This was Martin Scorsese's second full-length feature film and it is a decent one. It's about a young girl in the 1930's who meets and falls in love with a union organizer, who also happens to be a thief. Together, they form a small gang and begin robbing trains as well as anything else they can get their hands on. The fun soon turns to fright when they become fugitives and are hunted down by law enforcement officers. There's action and entertainment but not a movie that you would expect from Martin Scorsese. It has none of his trade marks whatsoever. But do realize that this was one of his first films and try to respect that. I do.
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