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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Boy
... Charlie
... Tony
Amy Robinson ... Teresa
... Michael
... Giovanni
... Mario
... Joey
Lenny Scaletta ... Jimmy
... Diane
Murray Moston ... Oscar (as Murray Mosten)
... Drunk
... Boy With Gun
Lois Walden ... Jewish Girl
... Soldier
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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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14 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,645, 15 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,645, 15 March 1998
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One of the songs in the soundtrack is "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace. This song was also featured in another Harvey Keitel film, Bad Lieutenant (1992). See more »

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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 »

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Martin Scorsese: You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.
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A must for Scorcese/De Niro fans
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film has been overshadowed with all the praise heaped on other Martin Scorcese/Robert De Niro films, but this is a classic which is as good as Casino or Goodfellas. It's more rough around the edges and less tightly plotted than those films, but less cold hearted, and De Niro and Keitel are amazing in these early roles. The sense of tension and danger towards the end, when the situation is spinning out of control, is done perfectly. You can see the influence of this in the films of Danny Boyle and especially Quentin Tarantino. A must for Scorcese/De Niro fans.


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