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...
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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
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Martin Scorsese's mother, Catherine Scorsese, appears briefly as J.R.'s (Harvey Keitel's) mother cooking at the beginning of the film, and serving food near the end. Mrs. Scorsese continued to appear in many of her son's films, until her death in 1997. Scorsese appears uncredited as one of the gangsters. To this day, he still makes cameo appearances in many of his films. See more »
Scorsese utilizes the Black & White nature of film to hide the lack of time and day continuity. See more »
Early Scorsese/Keitel Film Is A Great Indication of Things To Come!
WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (3+ outta 5 stars)
Early feature film by the now-legendary Martin Scorsese... it sort of sprawls all over the place... melding all kinds of weird artsy gimmicks and camera styles... but the central relationship between Harvey Keitel and the pretty blonde girl he meets and falls in love with on the Staten Island Ferry (Zina Bethune) keeps the movie's momentum going, even when it veers off into interesting but sometimes pointless tangents. If you thought Quentin Tarantino invented the character of the movie geek who seeks to impress the woman of his dreams by rambling on with movie trivia... well, this movie will set you straight. You will also see hints of Scorsese's later masterpieces ("Mean Streets", "Goodfellas") in embryonic form. I hadn't seen this movie in years... but just saw the new DVD version and was amazed at how good it was.
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