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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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Go to church on Sunday. Go to hell on Monday. See more »

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14 October 1973 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,645 (USA) (15 March 1998)

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$32,645 (USA) (15 March 1998)
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Martin Scorsese: You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.
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I LOVE YOU SO
Written by George Goldner (uncredited) and Sonny Norton (uncredited)
Performed by The Chantels (as The Chantells)
Courtesy of END Records
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For Most Directors This Would Be Their Peak... For Scorsese It's a START!
23 August 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

MEAN STREETS (4+ outta 5 stars)

Maybe the film doesn't look like so much these days... since most of the story techniques, film stylings and intense performances have been re-done and over-done to the point of cliche... but when I first saw this movie... WHAM! I was blown away! And, now having seen it some half a dozen or more times, I still find it riveting... the dialogue, the camerawork, the way music is utilized... just brilliant! Martin Scorsese directs the first big, big film for Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro... they all did great work here... and, incredibly, got even BETTER as years went by. Keitel plays the good Catholic who feels the need to look out for crazy psycho punk Johnny Boy (DeNiro) who is in debt to every loan shark in town... and shows no signs of paying any of them back. Fabulous quotes galore... most of them laden with profanity: "I f*** you right where you breathe!" "What's a mook?" "You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bulls*** and you know it."


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