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#590. Mean Streets

  • Year: 1973
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Warner Bros, 110m
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Producer: Martin Scorsese, Johnathan Taplin
  • Screenplay: Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin
  • Photography: Kent L. Wakefield
  • Cast: Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova

Abridged Book Description

Martin Scorsese's breakthrough movie was an instant declaration of the themes he's been elaborating ever since and of his showy talent. Set in his home turf of New York City's Little Italy, though actually shot mostly in Los Angeles with some spliced-in footage of the San Gennaro religious festival, Mean Streets is about hustlers in the midlevel of organized crime. It explores the exhilaration and the destructiveness of extended adolescence and a peculiar search for redemption that has continued throughout his filmography.