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Mean Streets (1973)

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A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

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Martin Scorsese

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Johnny Boy
Harvey Keitel ... Charlie
David Proval ... Tony
Amy Robinson Amy Robinson ... Teresa
Richard Romanus ... Michael
Cesare Danova ... Giovanni
Victor Argo ... Mario (as Vic Argo) (as Victor Argo)
George Memmoli ... Joey
Lenny Scaletta Lenny Scaletta ... Jimmy
Jeannie Bell ... Diane
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Oscar (as Murray Mosten)
David Carradine ... Drunk
Robert Carradine ... Boy With Gun
Lois Walden Lois Walden ... Jewish Girl
Harry Northup ... Soldier
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Storyline

The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighbourhood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city's Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all - he can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,645, 15 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,132,645
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Martin Scorsese, the first draft focused on Charlie's religious conflict and its effect on his worldview. See more »

Goofs

The end credits on the DVD incorrectly list David Carradine as "Oscar" and Robert Carradine as "Drunk". See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I hate the sun. Come on, let's go inside, will ya?
Teresa: What else do you hate?
Charlie: I hate the ocean and I hate the beach and I hate the sun and - the grass and the trees - and I hate heat!
Teresa: Charlie, what do you like?
Charlie: I like spaghetti and clam sauce, mountains, Francis of Assisi, chickens with lemon and garlic, John Wayne...
Teresa: You know, there aren't any mountains in Manhattan.
Charlie: Tall buildings are the same thing. And I like you.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1977 network television premiere. See more »

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I Looked Away
Written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock (uncredited)
By Derek & The Dominos
Courtesy of R.S.O. Records
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Beautiful dark atmosphere, but overall disappointing
29 March 2010 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

Martin Scorsese has made some brilliant movies in his life, but unfortunately this isn't one of them. I can't really call it bad, because the direction and the cinematography just drip with pure talent, but I have some major problems with the plot. Mainly, where the hell is it? The story doesn't just move at a slow pace, it appears to go in incredibly tiring loops. It starts of with Johnny Boy (a solid Robert DeNiro) owing a whole bunch of crooks money, which is a pretty riveting starting point. What does he do about it? What do the crooks do about it? Nothing, and that goes on for two hours. The whole movie appears to be Harvey Keitel endlessly saying he has to pay his debts, to which he refuses, to which he asks it again half an hour later, to which he like, makes up an excuse and goes to the movies, and all of it feels so redundant. The movie finally gets to the point in the end, but that doesn't really save it. It shows the sadness of the bad neighbourhoods in New York wonderfully, but that's really all I can say about it.


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