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/10
5,888 Ratings

Mean Streets

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1973
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Charlie is in a dilemma: he aspires to be a big shot in New York’s Little Italy mafia, but he also wants to be purged of his sins. He seeks penance in the attempted salvation of his friend, the troublemaker Johnny Boy. But this risks to complicate his relationship with his mafioso uncle Giovanni.

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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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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.
January 01, 1980
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Mean Streets is a terrific example of intricate, tough filmmaking. Like Renoir’s M. Lange gem, Scorsese’s whip-like style moves his ensemble with incredible vivacity… The poignant street film is a once-in-a-lifetime work: his own neighborhood, talented actors before they’ve scored and all the same age (nothing to lose), it’s an intensely autobiographical work.
September 23, 1975

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