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Mean Streets (1973)

A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

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The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighbourhood 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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14 October 1973 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,645, 15 March 1998, Limited Release

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$32,645, 15 March 1998
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Filming took twenty-seven days, six in New York City, and the rest in Los Angeles, as they couldn't afford to do the full shoot in New York City. See more »

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As Teresa is getting out of bed when she is with Charlie, in one shot the blanket covering her is pulled off nearly completely, yet in the next shot it covers her again, before being pulled off once again. See more »

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Giovanni Cappa: Honorable men go with honorable men.
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Good acting, poor story.
31 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a well acted and stylish film which is let down by a poor script.

Keitel is great in the lead and De Niro steals a lot of scenes as the out of control friend but the good cast are wasted.

Nothing much happens. A little action and violence but that is it. It is a slight character study of a nice guy living in a bad place but that wasn't enough to sustain my interest.

I was expecting a lot having heard the name and read some of then comments on this site as well as seeing the quality of the cast and I was extremely disappointed.

I was bored throughout.


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