Mean Streets


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The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighborhood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city's Little Italy.  For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined.  A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all - he can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future.  Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro star in Scorsese's first breakout film.

Director Martin Scorsese.  112 mins, Rated R.  1973