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Mean Streets (1973) Movie Reviews

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Matthew Brady 08/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not the best Scorsese film for me.

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Daniel Corleone 03/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

The story that revolves around Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro). Charlie works for his uncle Giovanni (Cesare Danova) and has an affair with Johnny Boy's cousin Teresa (Amy Robinson). A loan shark named Michael (Richard Romanus) searches for Johnny Boy since he is behind with his payments. The plot was thin and some of the scenes were not that interesting. Screenplay was solid with lines: Charlie - "You give your word you gotta keep it." and "Nobody tries anymore...to help people." Themes of police corruption, violence, manners, racism and friendship were in full display. Mean Streets was a good film for its time, though not one of the director's best..

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mitchellyoung 11/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

A violent and ferocious look into a seedy side of New York. This early film is unpolished, but features some great performance work and sure, heavy-handed direction by Scorsese.

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Nikan 07/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The First film in Martin Scorsese`s Crime trilogy (before Good fellas and Casino) is a work of Art. Better than many Movies in 70s . Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro are great as their Roles and this is the best start for a talented director.

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pixienerd487 06/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

Robert DeNiro's performance is enough reason to watch this movie. He's wonderful at inhabiting the off the wall, overly intense, often self-destructive character of Johnny Boy, someone who the audience recognizes is doomed from the start, but nevertheless is fascinated to watch his demise. The relationship between he and Harvey Keitel is real in its complexity: Keitel knows DeNiro will only bring him down, but his own sense of moral goodness and yearning for penance makes him continue to help him. Great stuff!

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fake_username 02/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Scorsese's most personal film and his most unique with glimpses of experimental film and visceral hand held shots. Part character study and a blend of all the elements Scorsese would use in his later films.

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Alex 06/12/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

Martin Scorsese is an incredible director. I felt that this is not one of his good movies. I was so pumped to see Marty and De Niro together. Nothing really happens in this movie to keep me on my toes. Also, the cinematography was lacking.

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