Mean Streets (1973)

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TitleMean Streets
Year1973
CountryUSA
GenreCrime (Movies)
CollectionMafia
Run Time1h 51 min
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Charlie, a young Italian-American man in New York’s Little Italy, is hampered by his feeling of responsibility towards his reckless younger friend Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler and ne’er-do-well who refuses to work and owes money to many loan sharks. Charlie is also having a secret affair with Johnny’s cousin Teresa, who has epilepsy and is ostracized because of her condition—especially by Charlie’s Uncle Giovanni, a powerful mafioso. Giovanni wants Charlie to distance himself from Johnny, saying “honorable men go with honorable men.”

Charlie is torn between his devout Catholicism and his illicit Mafia work for Giovanni. Johnny becomes increasingly self-destructive and disrespectful of his Mafia-connected creditors. Failing to receive redemption in the Church, Charlie seeks it through sacrificing himself on Johnny’s behalf. At a bar, a loan shark named Michael comes looking for Johnny to pay up. To his surprise, Johnny insults him. Michael lunges at Johnny, who pulls a gun. After a tense standoff, Michael walks away and Charlie convinces Johnny that they should leave town for a brief period. Teresa insists on coming with them. Charlie borrows a car and they drive off, leaving the neighborhood without incident.

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Cast:

Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel
Charlie Cappa
Robert De Niro Robert De Niro
Johnny Boy
David Proval David Proval
Tony DeVienazo
Amy Robinson Amy Robinson
Teresa Ronchelli
Richard Romanus Richard Romanus
Michael Longo

Charlie, a young Italian-American man in New York’s Little Italy, is hampered by his feeling of responsibility towards his reckless younger friend Johnny Boy, a small-time gambler and ne’er-do-well who refuses to work and owes money to many loan sharks. Charlie is also having a secret affair with Johnny’s cousin Teresa, who has epilepsy and is ostracized because of her condition—especially by Charlie’s Uncle Giovanni, a powerful mafioso. Giovanni wants Charlie to distance himself from Johnny, saying “honorable men go with honorable men.”

Charlie is torn between his devout Catholicism and his illicit Mafia work for Giovanni. Johnny becomes increasingly self-destructive and disrespectful of his Mafia-connected creditors. Failing to receive redemption in the Church, Charlie seeks it through sacrificing himself on Johnny’s behalf. At a bar, a loan shark named Michael comes looking for Johnny to pay up. To his surprise, Johnny insults him. Michael lunges at Johnny, who pulls a gun. After a tense standoff, Michael walks away and Charlie convinces Johnny that they should leave town for a brief period. Teresa insists on coming with them. Charlie borrows a car and they drive off, leaving the neighborhood without incident.

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