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Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)

I Call First (original title)
J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Betzi Manoogian (additional dialogue), Martin Scorsese
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zina Bethune ... Girl
Harvey Keitel ... J.R.
Anne Collette ... Girl in Dream (as Ann Collette)
Lennard Kuras Lennard Kuras ... Joey
Michael Scala Michael Scala ... Sally Gaga
Harry Northup ... Harry
Tsuai Yu-Lan Tsuai Yu-Lan ... Girl in Dream
Saskia Holleman Saskia Holleman ... Girl in Dream
Bill Minkin Bill Minkin ... Iggy at Party
Philip Carlson Philip Carlson ... Boy in Copake (as Phil Carlson)
Wendy Russell Wendy Russell ... Gaga's Girl
Robert Uricola Robert Uricola ... Boy with Gun
Susan Wood Susan Wood ... Girl at Party
Marrissa Joffre Marrissa Joffre ... Girl at Party (as Marrisa Joffrey)
Catherine Scorsese ... Mother
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Storyline

J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic guilt than Scorsese's later work, we see what happens to J.R. when his religious guilt catches up with him. Written by David Gibson <djg@ukc.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mean Streets was just around the corner.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Harvey Keitel often played the lead role in the debut features of future acclaimed directors. Apart from Martin Scorsese's debut, he also was the lead in the first features of Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino for example. See more »

Goofs

Scorsese utilizes the Black & White nature of film to hide the lack of time and day continuity. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
J.R.: I called first!
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Crazy Credits

There is a big Thanks to the County and City of New York in the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Early versions of this Film were screened without pornographic imagery. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.19 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Plea
(uncredited)
Written by Arlene Smith
Performed by The Chantels
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The momentary turn-on of casual conversation...
25 November 2013 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A well-dressed but feckless young man (Harvey Keitel, in his acting debut) on the streets of New York meets a lovely single girl reading a foreign magazine and strikes up a conversation about movies; soon after, they begin dating, however she volunteers more about her past than he is able to handle. Striking if aimless debut from writer-director Martin Scorsese, alternately titled "I Call First", began life as a short feature from the young film student. His sexual montage, featuring Keitel and his 'broads' (and set to "The End" by the Doors), is a fabulous example of cinematic sound and fury: the perfect marriage between silvery black-and-white cinematography, kinetic editing, great music and lusty bodies. Unfortunately, Scorsese as a writer had not developed a true ear for canny dialogue, and the characters fail to emerge as a result. Still, an almost-dynamic first try, and a must-see for film historians. Keitel, marvelously youthful and muscular, is more callow than expressive, though he gives the picture its pulse; the cinematography from Richard Coll and Michael Wadley is a major asset as well. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who's That Knocking at My Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Netherlands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,085
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimod Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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