Cinema: A Closed Circle

MEAN STREETS

Directed by MARTIN SCORSESE

Screenplay by MARTIN SCORSESE and MARDIK MARTIN

In Mean Streets a group of dull young men who live in New York City's Little Italy are anxious not to rile the Mafia if they cannot impress it. So they tiresomely hang around bars, pool halls and street corners, punching and grunting at one another until, as their mothers must have warned them, someone gets hurt.

One of them (Robert De Niro) is maniacally and inexplicably self-destructive, running up huge gambling debts and refusing to pay them. His friend Charlie (Harvey Keitel), who guarantees the loans, becomes simultaneously anxious and...

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