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5,363 Ratings

Mean Streets

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1973
Crime, Drama


In order to get out of debt with a dangerous loan shark, a small-time gambler and hood enlists the help of a conflicted friend moving up in the New York City mafia.

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Mean Streets Directed by Martin Scorsese
The intoxicating style is Scorsese’s own, rooted in a desire to transmit his feelings about each moment in the most visceral way possible. The rhythms of the rock and pop songs on the soundtrack feel like racing heartbeats, and each camera movement suggests the director whipping his head around to take in what’s going on.
December 16, 2016
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The double act between Keitel and De Niro is a masterclass in contrasting but complementary character types, with Keitel shouldering the more challenging role. Indeed, the crucial difference between Charlie and Johnny is that only one of them is aware that he’s giving a performance which has to be carefully modulated and recalibrated with each successive encounter involving people he didn’t actually grow up with.
June 05, 2015
It was the instinctive, holistically integrated flourishes of Mean Streets that would construct a working model for much of Scorsese’s future output. Disarmingly personal, Mean Streets is at once Scorsese’s most autobiographical project and a film of uncomfortable sympathies and character identification… The key to its effectiveness is in how Scorsese shows the professional and personal coming together as a catalyst for violence, inextricable affairs that nonetheless cannot reasonably coexist.
September 19, 2014
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