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. —Warner Bros.
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
Mean Streets was a disorganized journey that took me a few days to process. Charlie's (Keitel) conflict between his ambitions and loyalty to his friend (De Niro) is developed slowly, with several (seemingly) unrelated allegories along the way. The relationship between the two characters resonated deeply with me, and the impact the film had on modern crime drama is undeniable.
Scorsese’s breakthrough film was an instant declaration of the themes he’s been elaborating ever since and of his talent. Mean Streets, is about hustlers in the midlevel of organized… read review
This is the movie that proved without a shadow of a doubt that Martin Scorsese was going to be something amazing. This shows such a great sense of humanity and life, few movies have so many realistic… read review
A jazzy, misguided, messy autobiographical film about life on the streets of little Italy in New York city. Scorsese has begun to discover his craft and skill technically, and you can see it is a passionate… read review