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Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a local mob. Amy Robinson is Teresa, the girlfriend his family deems unsuitable because of her epilepsy. And in the starmaking role that won Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York and National Society of FIlm Critics, De Niro is Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler in big-time debt to loan sharks. This is a story Martin Scorsese lived, a semi-biographical tale of the first-generation sons and daughters of New York's Little Italy.
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Borrowed money from Francis Coppola helped writer/director Martin Scorsese complete MEAN STREETS. Filmed in part on location in NYC's Little Italy, Scorsese shot some scenes in the places he knew as a boy: a buddy's apartment house hallway, the graveyard of old St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. In only his third motion picture, one that at first glance seems plotless, Scorsese demonstrates a cinematic mastery far beyond his actual experience, also a prodigious talent for capturing real life.
Here, for reasons only he understands, Charlie (Keitel) remains pals with Johnny Boy (De Niro), even though crazy Johnny is fiscally irresponsible to the point where his well-being in endangered by the gangsters he owes "two-large" to. Charlie has also become romantically involved with Johnny's cousin Teresa (Robinson). Her epilepsy is a major concern to Charlie's uncle Giovanni (Danova), a caporegime that Charlie collects debts for.
Charlie's devotion to the Catholic church conflicts with his desire to advance in the Mob, and having Uncle Giovanni angry toward him for his friendship with both Johnny and Teresa isn't helping matters. Patterning himself after St. Francis, Charlie's mission is to "save" Johnny while continuing to see Teresa on the QT, so when Johnny insults and pulls a pistol on the loanshark he's been stringing along for weeks, Charlie unwisely chooses to flee the neighborhood with a now marked man. Teresa insists on coming along. The three head for Brooklyn in a borrowed car, unaware that the out-for-revenge thug is tailing them...
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(7.5) Mean Streets (1973) - Robert De Niro/Harvey Keitel/David Proval/Richard Romanus/Cesare Danova/Vic Argo/David Carradine/Robert Carradine (uncredited: Catherine Scorsese/Martin Scorsese)
What more can be said about such a great film. It's also aged incredibly well. Even some of the lesser known actors like George Memoli and Davide Proval as well as Richard Romanus are incredible!!!
Furthermore, the film is deceptively, technically impressive. There are many impressive shots in the film, esp the shot where Keitel's chacter is wasted and the camera's strapped to him getting a funky close up. And the two gay guys in the car were pretty hilarious.
Still a dazzling piece of work.