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on: April 18, 2003, 09:17:49 PM
I wanna extend my recommendation to everyone who hasn't seen Scorsese's excellent first film, starring a very young Harvey Keitel. You can see Scorsese cutting his editing, slo-mo and personal religion influence chops here. Nice precursor to "Mean Streets." Shame that he had to include a unnecessary nude scene to please distributors. But the mezmerizing scene is the "pass the pistol" one scored so perfectly with  Ray Barretto's "Watusi".

Any other fans?
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Reply #1 on: April 18, 2003, 09:30:31 PM
YES YES YES!!!!!! Cool little flick. It's almost not fair that he got to use all that great music and not pay for it. How much would that budget be nowadays -- just for the soundtrack?! Some stuff in this movie goes on forever (it seems like Marty was trying to stretch a 70min movie to 90), but for the most part it's wonderful. Especially the climax in the girl's apartment, where Keitel tries to make her out to be the one in the wrong. You can see the raw talent in Scorsese that was waiting to explode with Mean Streets.
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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.


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Reply #2 on: April 25, 2003, 08:40:09 PM
Haven't seen it...but I'll try to find it.
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Reply #3 on: May 07, 2003, 12:07:42 PM
i thought it was okay.  certainly watchable for anyone interested in Scorsese.  but far from being a great movie.  i thought the nude scene was the most interesting part with the doors "the end".  very interesting for anyone in film school i suppose to see what one of americas greatest contemporary filmmakers did when he was there.
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Reply #4 on: May 07, 2003, 05:00:14 PM
is this available on dvd?
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Reply #5 on: May 07, 2003, 05:57:06 PM
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is this available on dvd?


Nope.
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Reply #6 on: May 07, 2003, 06:01:58 PM
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is this available on dvd?


Nope.


i think boxcar bertha was rescently released on dvd -- i've got to check that out -- boxcar, alice donest live here anymore and whos that knocking at my door, are the 3 films i havent seen of marty's -- gotta get ahold of them.
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Reply #7 on: May 07, 2003, 09:47:00 PM
Could it be the police? To come and take me for a ride, ride?
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Reply #8 on: May 08, 2003, 11:37:59 AM
alice doesnt live here anymore is pretty good.  i still havent seen boxcar bertha.
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Reply #9 on: February 14, 2005, 03:00:13 AM
I finally watched this and loved it.  Mean Streets is my fav Scorsese film and this has that same kinetic energy.  I actually enjoyed the sex/nude scene.  It was like a top notch music video, before music videos.  There are a few misfires, but I think those were form the first year of shooting.  It's really interesting to see Scorsese grow in the span of 4-5 years this took to shoot all in one movie.

One of my fav scorsese movies, I'd say.
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