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Mean Streets (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  14 October 1973 (USA)
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A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy.

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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. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all - he can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,645 (USA) (13 March 1998)

Gross:

$32,645 (USA) (13 March 1998)
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Martin Scorsese:  [mother]  the woman who comes to Teresa's aid when she has an epileptic fit. See more »

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While Charlie and Johnny Boy are walking (after the bar shooting) and having pinched some bread outside side of Charlie's uncle's restaurant, they get into a discussion about Charlie's grandmother. Johnny Boy asks Charlie if she is going to die and if he likes her (the setting is night time). Charlie then replies and the scene has changed to broad daylight. The dialogue continues as if no time has passed. See more »

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Johnny Boy: What's the matter, you too good for this ten dollars? Huh? You too good for it? It's a good ten dollars. Know somethin' Mikey? You make me laugh. You know that?
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Take A U-Turn On This Street
12 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having watched a number of (director) Martin Scorecese's profane/violent crime films - some good, some bad - his first entry here is very different from the rest in one crucial aspect: it's boring!! Love him or hate him, you can't say that about his other films.

This film just doesn't have much life to it. Yes, there is some action but something is missing, perhaps characters that one could care about. After a while, I found I just did not care what happened...period. I canned it with 40 minutes to go. A dozen years later, I gave it another shot, and it was still just as boring and unappealing.

The only interesting facet was to see such young-and-skinny well-known actors like Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. Otherwise, these "mean streets" are nothing but a dead end, so turn around and head in another direction. Don't waste your gas.


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