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Mean Streets -- A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy.

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Director:
Writers:
Martin Scorsese (screenplay) and
Mardik Martin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
Plot:
A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(443 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Johnny Boy

Harvey Keitel ... Charlie

David Proval ... Tony
Amy Robinson ... Teresa

Richard Romanus ... Michael

Cesare Danova ... Giovanni

Victor Argo ... Mario (in opening credits) (as Vic Argo)
George Memmoli ... Joey
Lenny Scaletta ... Jimmy
Jeannie Bell ... Diane
Murray Moston ... Oscar (as Murray Mosten)

David Carradine ... Drunk

Robert Carradine ... Boy With Gun
Lois Walden ... Jewish Girl

Harry Northup ... Soldier
Dino Seragusa ... Old Man

D'Mitch Davis ... Cop
Peter Fain ... George
Juli Andelman ... Girl At Party (as Julie Andleman)
Robert Wilder ... Benton
Ken Sinclair ... Sammy
Jaime Alba ... Young Boy #1
Ken Konstantin ... Young Boy #2
Nicki 'Ack' Aquilino ... Man On Docks (as Nicki 'Ack' Aquilino)
B. Mitchel Reed ... Disc Jockey (as B. Mitchell Reed)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vincent Price ... Verden Fell (archive footage) (uncredited)

Catherine Scorsese ... Woman on Landing (uncredited)

Martin Scorsese ... Jimmy Shorts (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
Martin Scorsese (screenplay) and
Mardik Martin (screenplay)

Martin Scorsese (story)

Produced by
E. Lee Perry .... executive producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Kent L. Wakeford (director of photography) (as Kent Wakeford)
 
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin  (as Sid Levin)
 
Production Management
Paul Rapp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Satlof .... second assistant director (as Ron Satloff)
Russell Vreeland .... first assistant director
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Bates .... prop master
Doyle Hall .... assistant visual consultant
David Nichols .... visual consultant
William Sandell .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Goss .... re-recording mixer
Charles Grenzbach .... re recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Kenny Schwarz)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Balles .... special effects (as Bill Bales)
 
Stunts
Bill Catching .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Katching)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Gerard .... additional photography
John Murray .... key grip
Pat O'Mara .... assistant cameraman
Bobby Petzoldt .... gaffer
Gene A. Talvin .... camera operator (as Gene Talvin)
Bill Young .... best boy
Harry Young .... second assistant cameraman
Alec Hirschfeld .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman Salling .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
George Trirogoff .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Joe Cupcake .... assistant to producer
Peter Fain .... production coordinator
Cornelia McNamara .... clothing consultant
David Osterhout .... production coordinator: second unit
Neil Rapp .... assistant to producer
Bobbie Sierks .... script supervisor (as Bobby Sierks)
Chris Thompson .... production secretary
George Toth .... animal trainer
Sandra Weintraub .... pre-production and post-production coordinator
Pamela Williams .... assistant to producer
Dale Bell .... production crew: New York City (uncredited)
Mitchell Block .... production crew: New York City (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paul Almond .... special thanks
Frank Aquilino .... special thanks (as Frankie Aquilino)
Nicki 'Ack' Aquilino .... special thanks
Frankie Bananas .... special thanks
Dale Bell .... special thanks
Mitchell Block .... special thanks
Dean Bojorquez .... special thanks
Larry the Box .... special thanks (as Larry The Box)
Hooter Brown .... special thanks
Jay Cocks .... special thanks
Brian De Palma .... special thanks
Norman Garey .... special thanks
Jenny Goldberg .... special thanks
Alec Hirschfeld .... special thanks
Robert Kahn .... special thanks (as Dr. Robert Kahn)
Richard Katz .... special thanks
John Krauss .... special thanks
Angelo Lamonea .... special thanks
James McCalmont .... special thanks (as Jim McCalmont)
Bill Minkin .... special thanks
Michael Mislove .... special thanks
Nancy Nigrosh .... special thanks
Lee Osborne .... special thanks
Sally Red .... special thanks
Bill Saluga .... special thanks (as Billy Saluga)
William Sandell .... special thanks (as Bill Sandell)
Catherine Scorsese .... special thanks
Brad Shattuck .... special thanks
George Smith .... special thanks
Edward Stable .... special thanks
Dita Sullivan .... special thanks
Brian Swain .... special thanks
Harry J. Ufland .... special thanks (as Harry Ufland)
Anna Uricola .... special thanks
Dominic Vaccaro .... special thanks
Fred Vaccaro .... special thanks
Roger Vreeland .... special thanks
Barbara Weintraub .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Australia:R (video rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:R (DVD rating) | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 (original rating) | France:-12 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 (1977) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2005) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1993) | UK:18 (video rating) (1992) (1993) (2005) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #23765) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The voice over narration in the opening of the movie ("You don't make up for your sins in Church; you do it on the street; everything else is bullshit and you know it...") is actually not said by Harvey Keitel (the character we are intended to believe is thinking these thoughts), but director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese felt that using a separate voice to make the distinction between Keitel's thoughts and actions was necessary. Scorsese borrowed this technique from Federico Fellini, who used it in I Vitelloni (1953).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Charlie is in the back seat of Michael's car (after the bar shooting scene), his audio is slightly off.See more »
Quotes:
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
PLEDGING MY LOVESee more »

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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Redemption on the Lower East Side, 3 May 2000
Author: judy.dean from St Andrews, Scotland

Mean Streets has all the characteristics we have come to associate with Scorsese - the fluid camerawork, the expressionistic lighting, the sudden explosions of violence, the eclectic soundtrack. In later films, he took cinema to new heights with the flowering of his technical skills and the broadening of his material, but Mean Streets remains unsurpassed for the emotional intensity which only a young director, passionate about film and intent on making a personal statement, could achieve.

The theme of the film is contained in the famous first line 'You don't make up for your sins in church; you do it in the streets' (a Scorsese voice-over). An extended preface which delineates the nature of the film and its characters before the narrative begins includes brief cameo scenes introducing the four protagonists (a much copied device: see, for example, Trainspotting).

Scorsese's alter-ego is played as in the earlier 'Who's That Knocking At My Door?' by Harvey Keitel, giving the performance of his young life. He is Charlie, a junior member of a Mafia family who collects debts and runs numbers, but who also has aspirations to sainthood. The other key figure is his anarchic friend, Johnny Boy, played with ferocious energy by de Niro.

Charlie is introduced coming out of confession, dissatisfied with his penance. Reciting words doesn't mean anything to him and he can't believe that forgiveness could come so easily. Deliberately burning his hand in a candle flame is a more effective reminder of the pain of hell. The camera follows Charlie from the altar into Tony's bar, a red-lit inferno, and when Johnny Boy comes in, to the tune of Jumping Jack Flash, Charlie recognises that this is the form his penance will take. Johnny Boy is the cross he must bear. 'You send me this, Lord' he says resignedly.

Johnny Boy's irresponsibility and impulsiveness make him everything Charlie, with his controlled, anxious, guilt-ridden persona, is not. The argument which follows in the back room about Johnny Boy's debts deserves its reputation as one of the great scenes in seventies cinema.

Charlie's life moves in well worn, claustrophobic circles. Hardly anyone outside his immediate circle appears in the film and other ethnic groups are viewed with suspicion. The characters seldom appear outdoors or in daylight. Charlie inhabits a world of bars, pool halls and cinemas. In the one scene he appears in sunlight, he looks ill at ease. The suit and heavy overcoat he wears (reflecting his Mafiosi ambitions) look distinctly out of place on a beach. It's significant that in this scene Teresa, his girlfriend, scorns his small-time gangsterism and challenges him to join her in moving away to a new life. But Charlie is trapped by his desire to please his uncle.

Scorsese has said that his choice in adolescence lay between becoming a priest and becoming a gangster and that he failed on both counts. Mean Streets allows him to explore that choice to devastating effect.

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