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Martin Scorsese, 1973 112 minutes Robert de Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus USA English 7 July 2017 no subtitles

MEAN STREETS is the film that launched the career of Martin Scorsese.

Inspired by the stories of friends and his own experiences from stories of growing up in Little Italy around small time mobsters and young toughs and would-be operators, it tells the story of Charlie, a young debt collector for his mobster uncle. His ambitions to rise in the family business are complicated by his friendship with an unpredictable, self-destructive childhood buddy, Johnny Boy, and a secret affair with a cousin who rejects his culture of Catholic guilt and male machismo.

For all the violence of the streets, MEAN STREETS is less a crime film than a character piece, a love letter to the streets of New York's Little Italy and the young men rattling around like tough guys and fantasizing about becoming the real thing.