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Mean Streets (1973)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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14 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$32,645 (USA) (13 March 1998)
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Martin Scorsese:  The director appears a further two times in addition to his credited appearance as Jimmy Shorts: first, he is visible in a "portrait" with Harvey Keitel (for one frame) in the opening home movies/main title sequence. Second, his voice appears as narration: "Father I'm not worthy of your flesh." See more »

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Giovanni Cappa: I learned this from Charley Lucky during the World War II.
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early Scorsese masterpiece
7 August 2000 | by (somerset, nj) – See all my reviews

Mean Streets was a brilliant early film by Martin Scorsese. It was his first ever collaboration with Robert DeNiro. Their very successful partnership has produced some of the best movies ever made: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. It also helped launch Harvey Keitel to stardom.

Keitel as Charlie and DeNiro as Johnny Boy deliver great performances. Scorsese's direction is strong. Even close to 30 years ago, these three men show the talent which would eventually place them among the very best in the business. Scorsese uses a great selection of popular music in Mean Streets and that has become a trademark of his.

Mean Streets easily ranks with Scorsese's best. 9/10


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