History Film / MeanStreets

28th Jul '15 4:07:28 PM jamespolk
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* EnterStageWindow: Johnny Boy does this to get into Teresa's apartment, finds Teresa and Charlie embracing, and finds out about their affair.

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* SliceOfLife: There isn't much of a plot, although Charlie's efforts to keep Johnny Boy from fucking up form a theme of sorts. It's basically a study of the lives of some mooks over a few days.
28th Jul '15 3:58:18 PM jamespolk
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'''Mean Streets'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese and starring Creator/HarveyKeitel as Charlie, a morally and spiritually conflicted young mobster, and Creator/RobertDeNiro as Johnny Boy, his immature and irresponsible best friend.
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'''Mean ''Mean Streets'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese and starring Creator/HarveyKeitel as Charlie, a morally and spiritually conflicted young mobster, and Creator/RobertDeNiro as Johnny Boy, his immature and irresponsible best friend.friend. Charlie has his hands full keeping the reckless Johnny Boy on the straight and narrow. At the same time, Charlie is having an affair with Johnny's sister, Teresa, but keeping it secret because Teresa is an epileptic and the community shuns her for this.

'''Mean Streets'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese * BlowingSmokeRings: At the party for the returning soldier, Michael sits and starring Creator/HarveyKeitel as Charlie, a morally calmly blows smoke rings while the others get louder and spiritually conflicted young mobster, and Creator/RobertDeNiro as Johnny Boy, his immature and irresponsible best friend. drunker, showing how he's somewhat removed from their circle.

* CreatorCameo: Martin Scorsese plays hood Jimmy Shorts.
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* CreatorCameo: Martin Scorsese plays hood Jimmy Shorts.Shorts, the one who takes the shots at Johnny Boy at the end.

* CreatorCameo: DoorClosesEnding: Sort of. The very last shot shows some of the windows of the apartment building. The old lady (played by Martin Scorsese plays hood Jimmy Shorts.Scorsese's mother) in the far right window lowers her blinds. SmashToBlack.

* MadeOfIron: The drunk played by Creator/DavidCarradine, who gets shot three times, turns and grabs his assailant and drags him out of the bathroom, gets shot a fourth time, grabs his assailant again, and appears to be winning the fight by the time they roll out into the street and he collapses.
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* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Does Teresa have a long French bread roll sticking out of the grocery bag she carries home? Is there a quart of milk in there? Yes and yes. * MadeOfIron: The drunk played by Creator/DavidCarradine, who gets shot three times, turns and grabs his assailant and drags him out of the bathroom, gets shot a fourth time, grabs his assailant again, and appears to be winning the fight by the time they roll out into the street and he collapses. The gang marvels at this, and comparisons to [[RasputinianDeath Rasputin]] are made.

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* MadeOfIron: The drunk played NoEnding: Michael, having been pushed way too far by Creator/DavidCarradine, who gets Johnny Boy, stages a drive-by assault as Charlie is driving Johnny to Brooklyn with Teresa tagging along. After Jimmy Shorts pumps bullets into their car, Charlie crashes. Johnny is shot three times, turns and grabs his assailant and drags him out of in the bathroom, gets neck but apparently not fatally, as he stumbles away from the car. Charlie exits the car, shot a fourth time, grabs his assailant again, and appears to be winning in the fight hand. Teresa is also able to walk away, helped out by the time they roll out into [=EMTs=] after suffering a cut on the street and he collapses.scalp. There's a quick montage of other characters from the film. Then the film ends.
27th Jul '15 9:41:17 PM jamespolk
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* TheBigRottenApple: New York looks rotten, filthy, awful. About thirty seconds in there's a shot of a guy shooting up in a bar bathroom.

* CreatorCameo: Martin Scorsese plays hood Jimmy Shorts.

* MadeOfIron: The drunk played by Creator/DavidCarradine, who gets shot three times, turns and grabs his assailant and drags him out of the bathroom, gets shot a fourth time, grabs his assailant again, and appears to be winning the fight by the time they roll out into the street and he collapses.

* {{Mooks}}: One of the earliest known uses of the term thereby making the film a TropeNamer.
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* {{Mooks}}: One of the earliest known uses of the term thereby making the film a TropeNamer. The whole movie, in fact, is about the day-to-day life of low-level mooks.
27th Jul '15 1:32:39 PM jamespolk
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* HiddenDepths: Tony the Mook is apparently familiar with Creator/WilliamBlake poetry, as evidenced by a throwaway comment about how he wanted to buy a tiger.

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--> "I still don't know what a 'mook' is."
27th Jul '15 1:12:33 PM jamespolk
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* BarBrawl
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* BarBrawlBarBrawl: One breaks out when Charlie goes to collect a payment from a pool hall owner, the pool hall owner is reluctant to pay, and a brawl breaks out.

* BarBrawlDirtyCop: The cop who breaks up the BarBrawl then casually accepts "car fare" to Philadelphia--that is, a bribe. * EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the opening scenes, Charlie is shown leaving confession in a church, while Johnny Boy is shown blowing up a mailbox ForTheEvulz.

** Subverted in the end, [[spoiler: it turns out that it's Charlie who's this to Johnny Boy, at least from Scorsese's perspective, who believes that Charlie was using Johnny Boy for his own selfish moral conflict.]]
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** Subverted in the end, [[spoiler: it turns out that it's Charlie who's this to Johnny Boy, at least from Scorsese's perspective, who believes that Charlie was using Johnny Boy for his own selfish moral conflict.]]
29th Jul '14 4:42:00 AM gallium
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* YouWouldntShootMe: "You don't have the guts" - followed by the target fleeing the premises sharpish, only to set up a drive-by in revenge.
13th Apr '14 1:10:51 AM JonathanDP81
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* MissionFromGod: Somewhat disillusioned by the Catholic Church, Charlie seeks his own redemption for his sins by looking after Johnny Boy.
21st Mar '14 2:30:57 AM JulianLapostat
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1973 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese and starring Creator/HarveyKeitel as Charlie, a morally and spiritually conflicted young mobster, and Creator/RobertDeNiro as Johnny Boy, his immature and irresponsible best friend.
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'''Mean Streets'' is a 1973 film directed by Creator/MartinScorsese and starring Creator/HarveyKeitel as Charlie, a morally and spiritually conflicted young mobster, and Creator/RobertDeNiro as Johnny Boy, his immature and irresponsible best friend. friend. The film was Scorsese's BreakthroughHit, establishing him as a major talent and proved to be [=DeNiro=]'s StarMakingRole. It was seen as the [[CounterpartComparison counterpart]] to ''Film/TheGodfather'' taking a gritty, down to earth approach to the Italian American mob showing them without the AffablyEvil stylizations of that film. Much of what came to be Scorsese's SignatureStyle is visible in this film, stylized camera movements, sudden violence, troubling religious iconography and use of popular music as scores. It was also the first of Scorsese's films to deal with the mob a subject he returned to with ''Film/GoodFellas'' and ''Film/{{Casino}}'', later noting that all three films represent an [[MythArc informal trilogy]] of the Italian American mob from [[SerialEscalation low-level hoodlums to power brokers]].
17th Nov '13 2:35:36 AM ArthurS
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** Subverted in the end, [[spoiler: it turns out that it's Charlie who's this to Johnny Boy, FromACertainPointOfView.]]
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** Subverted in the end, [[spoiler: it turns out that it's Charlie who's this to Johnny Boy, FromACertainPointOfView.at least from Scorsese's perspective, who believes that Charlie was using Johnny Boy for his own selfish moral conflict.]]
16th Nov '13 5:43:35 AM ArthurS
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** Subverted in the end, [[spoiler: it turns out that it's Charlie who's this to Johnny Boy, FromACertainPointOfView.]]
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