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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro ("GoodFellas," "The Godfather, Part II") stars in Martin Scorsese's ("Raging Bull," "The Age of Innocence") drama of young men coming to manhood by the code of New York's Little Italy. A harrowing, intense, and grueling dramatic experience -- brilliantly acted and directed. Also starring Academy Award-nominee Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction," "The Piano") and future producer Amy Robinson ("After Hours," "Running on Empty"). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time. Leonard Maltin praises this as the "technically dazzling film that put director Scorsese on the map... and deservedly so," giving it his highest rating of "****" (four stars).
"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."
Any flaws that this film might have are all excusable. This is one of the early Martin Scorsese films and what a great one! In Mean Streets we see a raw Martin Scorsese and it's very interesting to identify his technical skills and trademarks even in a much more amateur way. And don't get me wrong when I say amateur, this film has a strong direction and it's a pretty good film! It's very interesting to see what this amazing director has improved through all this years.
This was also the beginning…
Everyone has a favorite Scorsese. Goodfellas. Raging Bull. Taxi Driver. Casino. The Departed. The King of Comedy. Those are just a few examples of Scorsese's insanely influential take on cinema. And yet, I feel one is forgotten. Sure, It was arguably as influential as those later masterpieces, but this particular film feels left in the dust.
Mean Streets is that forgotten cinematic gem. This film is like the wild horse that Scorsese hadn't tamed just yet. Crazy, uncontrollable, fascinating. Mean Streets is the ultimate test film for the now master director. But, that doesn't mean it isn't good. Actually, It's my personal favorite of Scorsese's filmography, and I could argue until the end of time that its one of his…
Out of all the Martin Scorsese films I've seen so far; this is the only one I didn't like.
Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.
Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.
EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.
I'm not sure why I've never seen this, but here I am watching Mean Streets for the first time.
The first half of the film is rather redundant in its narrative while also lacking a bit in the cinematography department. It's just a group of small-time thugs or such walking around Little Italy trying to collect money, or they owe money, or they talk about other people owing money - in short, every single person owes money to someone and, honestly, it's all rather boring.
But then something happens, there seems to be a dramatic shift in the film, not only in the narrative but also its execution, plus the performances. Everything suddenly ramps up, especially De Niro. De Niro…
I defer to Kehr: "Martin Scorsese's intrusive insistence on his abstract, metaphysical theme—the possibility of modern sainthood—marks this 1973 film, his first to attract critical notice, as still somewhat immature, yet the acting and editing have such an original, tumultuous force that the picture is completely gripping."
P.S. One thing I've always loved is the way De Niro's character moves through space; he's "disrespectfully" vertical, jumping up on pool tables tables and couches. The other characters (esp. Keitel) stay respectfully horizontal; even during fistfights, they continue to obey the basic rules of how people are supposed to move around a room.
By far my favourite Scorsese film. There are astounding performances from Keitel and De Niro, and the film's quasi-documentary style provides a visceral viewing experience.
Mean Streets is rough and raw in that perfect Hollywood New Wave sort of way. Great early performances by Keitel and especially De Niro. This film informs just about everything Scorsese becomes known for in the future.
I didn't get the film. Looks like a no story film to be honest. Is the story of "the daily struggles of a wannabe hood to keep his morals straight on the streets of Little Italy". He wants to a good gangster and a good Christian but he ends up failing at both.
I'm no critic but looks so random sometimes. After reading some things I get the point of the film but I still don't like it that much to be honest.
The coming-of-age slice of life movie people rate lower than they should because they can't relate to it or don't want to.
You know, you forget when you're watching a movie with Keitel and De Niro that Mean Streets is 41 years old.
I always enjoy watching this movie for a lot of reasons, but I think the mane one is to see how several well known actors and a director were just starting out it was Martin Scorsese” second film as well as Harvey Keitel (Carlie), Robert De Niro (Jonny boy)
“You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bulls*** and you know it.” yap that sums it up. Is the first thing you hear in the movie and then The opening credits music of "Be My Baby" I was so hooked. Was this a great movie? Its debatable. slightly out of focus, some dialog that was…
A bit rough around the edges but signs of greatness are clearly there.
Yes mean streets is better than goodfellas, shutter island, gangs of new york, the king of comedy and bringing out the dead its a very underatted scorsese flick that has yet to be experienced by most people.
Fantastic film that is very obviously rough around the edges, but that only adds to the charm. Keitel gives an electrifying performance.
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