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Mean Streets (Blu-ray)

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Description

Four Italian-Americans from New York's lower East Side hang around at a local bar. Charlie (Harvey Keitel), the most responsible of the group, tries to protect his girlfriend's cousin Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro) from the local debt collectors, but his young charge seems determined to live fast and die young. Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, 'Mean Streets' provided the first high-profile success for director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro.

Product Details

Barcode
5051429700632
Department
Movies & TV
Released
18 May 2015
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Action
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Icon Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
108 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Mean Streets
Tagline
You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...
Release Year
1973
Running Time
112 min
Categories
Dramas / Betrayal / Classic / Crime / Essential Cinema / Lowlife / Organized Crime / Recommended / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Vengeance
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$0.5 million
US Box Office
$32.0 million
Revenue
$3 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
96%
Metacritic
96
The Movie DB
72%
Overview
A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Synopsis
Martin Scorsese's electrifying drama tells the story of Charlie (Harvey Keitel), a charming 27-year-old who is supported by his devoutly Catholic mother. He spends his days wandering the streets of New York City and nights hanging out drinking with his good friend Johnny Boy (the terrifyingly brilliant Robert De Niro), a loose cannon that can't seem to escape trouble. Charlie's extreme affability makes him the middle man between his mob-tied uncle Giovanni (Cesare Danova) and various clients, as well as between Johnny Boy and Michael (Richard Romanus), a bookie who has become fed up with Johnny Boy's constant debt dodging. As the city's San Gennaro Festival takes over the streets of Little Italy, Michael seeks revenge on Johnny Boy once and for all.

MEAN STREETS is the film in which Scorsese blossomed into one of the world's most ferociously distinct visionaries, a vision which has, for better or worse, become one of the most mimicked in the history of modern cinema. While his usage of a nostalgic pop music soundtrack, long one-takes and handheld cameras, and brutally realistic performances, spawned a generation of imitators, MEAN STREETS proves that while others may try to imitate, there is only one original. MEAN STREETS is a work of sheer cinematic bravado.
Notes
Theatrical release: October 2, 1973

Shot on location in New York City.

MEAN STREETS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.

De Niro's performance as the out-of-control Johnny Boy earned him awards from the New York and National Society of Film Critics.

Much like Scorsese's earlier WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR?, MEAN STREETS is a deeply personal film that deals with issues Scorsese himself had seen and experienced while growing up in New York City.

Part of the film was shot in the cemetery of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan's Chinatown, where Scorsese had been an altar boy as a youth.
Poster
Poster for Mean Streets
Videos
Trailer
Mean Streets - Trailer - HQ (1973)
Cast & Crew
Director
Martin Scorsese
Star
Harvey Keitel / Victor Argo / Cesare Danova / Robert DeNiro / George Memmoli / David Proval / Amy Robinson / Richard Romanus / Robert De Niro
Co-Star
Lenny Scaletta / Jeannie Bell / David Carradine / Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter
Mardik Martin / Martin Scorsese
Composer
Eric Clapton
Executive Producer
E. Lee Perry
Producer
Martin Scorsese / Jonathan Taplin / Jonathan T. Taplin
Director of Photography
Kent Wakeford / Kent L. Wakeford
Editor
Sidney Levin
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...It has an elemental power, a sense of spiraling doom, that a more polished film might have lacked....MEAN STREETS is one of the source points of modern movies..."
Roger Ebert (15 Mar 1998, p.5)
Entertainment Weekly
"Scorsese adrenalizes the film with mad bursts of violence, dizzying camera flourishes, and the sinister sound of the Stones blaring from the jukebox."
Chris Nashawaty (13 Jul 2012, )
Los Angeles Times
"...MEAN STREETS is a jazzy riff of a movie, zigging and zagging as if to the beat of snapping fingers....A modern American screen classic..."
Kevin Thomas (13 Mar 1998, p.C8)
Premiere
"...By turns thoughtful, disturbingly violent, and uproariously funny..."
Premiere Staff (1 Jun 2003, p.100)
Sight and Sound
"Scorsese's breakthrough feature fizzes with energy....The director brilliantly unleashes a host of techniques and cinematic references..."
James Bell (1 Jul 2005, p.85)
Uncut
"[With] inventive camerawork...[and] inspired use of music....Essential."
Tom Charity (1 Feb 2005, p.100)
Wall Street Journal
"This is the wellspring of Martin Scorsese's career. Every potent element of his art flowed from it..."
(24 Dec 2013, )
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