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Mean Streets -- Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese's drama of young men coming to manhood by the code of New York's Little Italy. A harrowing, intense and grueling dramatic experience.
Mean Streets -- A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy.


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Release Date:
14 October 1973 (USA) See more »
You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
Bill Catching .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Katching)
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Gerard .... additional photography
John Murray .... key grip
Pat O'Mara .... assistant cameraman
Robert A. Petzoldt .... gaffer (as Bobby Petzoldt)
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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

Martin Scorsese edited the film himself, but consulted Sidney Levin for advice. Since Scorsese wasn't a member of the editors' union, Levin accepted to put his name on the movie.See more »
Continuity: The end credits on the DVD incorrectly list David Carradine as "Oscar" and Robert Carradine as "Drunk".See more »
Giovanni Cappa:This Johnny Boy is like your mister Groppi... a little crazy. It's nice you should help him out because of his family and our family but watch yourself... Don't spoil anything. His whole family has problems... his cousin, the girl who lives next door to you...
Giovanni Cappa:...The one who's sick, right? In the head.
Charlie:No, she's got epilepsy.
Giovanni Cappa:Yeah. That's what I said, sick in the head.
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Movie Connections:
References The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)See more »
Steppin' OutSee more »


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35 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
For Most Directors This Would Be Their Peak... For Scorsese It's a START!, 23 August 2004
Author: hokeybutt from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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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