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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
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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 & 2 nominations See more »
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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)
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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 (as Nicki 'Ack' Aquilino)
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 (Technicolor)
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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 | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
When raising money for the film, Martin Scorsese was offered a healthy sum by his mentor Roger Corman on the condition that he shoot the movie with an all-black cast. Scorsese had to turn Corman down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Michael gets into the back seat of the car to discuss the fine German lenses that he has procured, it is obviously dusk. But in the next shot from the car's interior, it's night time.See more »
Quotes:
Oscar:Look Charlie, you're a good boy. Will you just tell your uncle that I have nothing. There is nothing to give him. No envelopes with cash inside, no checks, nothing.
Charlie:That bad, huh?
Oscar:I can't make this week's payment and if this keeps up not next week's either.
Charlie:Not next week's either... listen... you tell that to Giovanni, not me.
Oscar:Listen, I should wrap up this place in a ribbon and hand it to him, you know that. I don't need this aggravation. I'm getting old.
Charlie:He'd rather have the loan payed, you know that.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Goodfellas (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's In His KissSee more »

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30 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
The Scorsese Template, 2 January 2007
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

Scorsese's first film, the interesting catastrophe "Boxcar Bertha," marked his birth as a director, but it was with his second feature, "Mean Streets" that we witnessed the birth of an artist. Most of "Mean Streets" is slightly unfocused with a simplistic plot based around a lot of machismo grandstanding and long bouts of boring dialog (occasionally made interesting by DeNiro's off-kilter star-making turn as Johnny-Boy), with spats of visceral violence (far less gory here than in later Scorcese pics), and a visual bravado that seems slightly less disciplined but no less entertaining than your standard Scorsese crime flick.

Despite its drawbacks (mainly due to youth and inexperience), the template was set. The opening credits (done to the tune of "Be My Baby") suck you right into the film, and the rest of the movie is peppered with Scorsese's loving treatment of popular music that would later become one of his most endearing hallmarks. The basic premise featuring Harvey Keitel as Charlie (the young hood with a heart of gold and conflicted internally by the religion of the Church and the religion of the Streets), Robert DeNiro as Johnny-Boy (the equally loved and hated loose-canon brother figure), and Amy Robinson as Theresa (the woman our hero wants to put on a pedestal as a saint but often treats like a whore), is a trifecta of archetypes we see repeated again and again in Scorsese's films (most obviously in "Casino" with the DeNiro-Pesci-Stone characters, and most subversively in "The Last Temptation of Christ" with Jesus-Judas-Mary Magdalene). The religious iconography, the brotherhood of crooks, the attraction to the gangster lifestyle, the keen eye for depicting violence in artistic and startling ways...these are displayed here in "Mean Streets" in their rawest form.

Though flawed in many ways, "Mean Streets" set the stage and laid the the template for the type of film Scorsese would perfect seventeen years later with "Goodfellas." This heralded the arrival of a new talent and a new genre, and the world of film has thankfully never been the same.

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