Mean Streets

Mean Streets

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Set in Little America, the film centers on Charlie, a small-time hood who lacks the ruthlessness to make it in his uncle's syndicate. Charlie feels responsible for his girlfriend's cousin, Johnny Boy, but things get out of hand when Charlie intervenes in a quarrel over debts.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780780693425
Branch Call Number: DVD MEAN STR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Back on the block.


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Jul 31, 2018

No matter how bleak the milieu, no matter how heartbreaking the narrative, some films are so thoroughly, beautifully realized they have a kind of tonic effect that has no relation to the subject matter.

Jul 31, 2018

Dumb characters and very boring.

Feb 22, 2018

I guess that’s what the mob looked like in the 70’s. Never quite understood the grandstanding and bravado, but I’m not a male Brooklyn
Italian. Never understood why Harry stood up for John when he was so odd. I would have called it “Stupid Streets”. Loved the long shot at the bar w/Harvey Keitel. Funny seeing Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro so young. I’m guessing Scorese learned shaky, hand-held camera and 360 shot with this film.

May 08, 2017

Celebrated as one of the most original American films of all time. It's definitely one of the cinematic high points of the 70's and, as film critic Roger Ebert put it, " one of the source points of modern movies ". Directed by Martin Scorsese- Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Wolf of Wall Street- one of the great American directors.

Jan 23, 2017

Great film about street life in Little Italy by noted American Director Martin Scorsese-it bears repeating- great, great film from the 1970's. Strange how there is such antipathy to such an influential film.

Aug 11, 2016

A great, messy early feature by Martin Scorsese ( Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, etc. ) featuring a look at some small time hoods in Little Italy. Great performances by Robert DeNiro and Harvey Keitel before they were household names- a seminal film.

Mar 04, 2016

In my opinion - This is a really, really, really dumb and over-rated, 1970's Crime/Drama where sheer stupidity is passed off as street-smart.

Not a single likeable character can be found in the entire lot.

This film's dead-serious story is just too ridiculous to be taken at face value.

There are certainly much better films in this genre out there.

Mar 19, 2015

Meet the Three Stooges of NYC's "mean streets" - Charlie (Harvey Keitel), Tony (David Proval) and Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro).

Yeah. These 3 slimy, two-bit crooks are certainly the stupidest trio of stooges that you're ever gonna encounter. But the trouble with the likes of these dimwitted stooges (unlike the original Stooges - Curly, Larry & Moe) is that their antics aren't in the least bit entertaining nor at all funny (not even marginally) They're just plain stupid.

Throughout this Crime-Drama's 2-hour running time, the violence absolutely sucked, big-time. And there wasn't a single, likable character in the whole lot of these NYC criminal lowlifes.

Besides the complaints that I've just made above - Mean Streets also lost itself some serious points for the blatant product placement of Marlboro cigarettes. Yes. I do realize that this was a movie from the reckless 1970s, but, all the same, cigarette endorsements in movies just sucks, in my opinion.

Apr 12, 2014

Wow! take a look at the actors 41 years ago when the film was released. The trailer said it was about 4 honorable men and Johnny Boy in 1959 Little Italy in NYC where Scorsese grew up. It was about a mobster's nephew who tried his best to look after his wayward irresponsible friend. He was also torn by his love of a girl who his uncle disapproved of.

May 06, 2012

Newcomer (!) Scorsese's (understandably) low budget, forty year old, semi-autobiographical crime drama. The debut of his New York "goomba" bravado films with his pet actor, a young De Niro, who constantly cracked me up. Although deserving of credit for its significance in cinematic history, it's a bit neanderthal, with lots of "Aaay"s and face slapping. Kind of disappointing, actually. I was somehow expecting more. Perhaps, because of the influx of more polished films in this genre since '73, this seems crude to me. Or maybe it's just crude.


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Apr 12, 2014

Charlie: You know what the Queen said? If I had balls, I'd be King. ---- Charlie: You know something? She is really good-lookin'. I gotta say that again. She is really good-lookin'. But she's black. You can see that real plain, right? Look, there isn't much of a difference anyway, is there. Well, is there? ----- Giovanni Cappa: Honorable men go with honorable men.

May 06, 2012

Martin Scorsese: "You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullsh*t and you know it."

May 06, 2012

Joey 'Clams' Scala: "Alright, alright, we're not gonna pay. We're not paying." Jimmy: "But why? Joey, we just said we were gonna have a drink." Joey 'Clams' Scala: "We're not payin', because this guy, this guy's a f**kin' mook." Jimmy: "But I didn't say nothin'." Joey 'Clams' Scala: "And we don't pay mooks." Jimmy: "Mook? I'm a mook?" Joey 'Clams' Scala: "Yeah." Jimmy: "What's a mook?" Johnny Boy: "A mook? What's a mook?" Tony DeVienazo: "I don't know..." Johnny Boy: "What's a mook?" Jimmy: "You can't call me a mook!" Joey 'Clams' Scala: "I can't?" Jimmy: "No..." Joey 'Clams' Scala: "...I'll give you mook!" (punches Jimmy in the face)


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