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Mean Streets (1973)

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A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.

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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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14 October 1973 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$32,645 (USA) (13 March 1998)
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Filming took 27 days, 6 in New York and the rest in Los Angeles as they couldn't afford to do the full shoot in New York 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: You see, I borrow money all over this neighborhood, left and right from every BODY, I never pay them back. So, I can't borrow no money from nobody no more, right? So, who would that leave me to borrow money from but you? I borrow money from you, because you're the only jerk-off around here who I can borrow money from without payin' back, right? You know, 'cause that's what you are, that's what I think of you: a jerk-off.
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MUNASTERIO DI SANTA CHIARA
By Giuseppe Di Stefano (as Guiseppe de Stefano)
Courtesy of DECCA Records
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Good acting, poor story.
31 October 2007 | by (Ireland) – 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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