|year: 1973 cast: Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Robert Romanus, David Proval rating: *****|
David Proval is Tony, a friendly but tough guy who owns the local hangout bar, providing an essential baseline. Robert Romanus is Michael, a nickle shyster and the only one with real potential at becoming a full-time goon. And Robert De Niro is a freewheeling, troublesome small-time hood named Johnny, who's basically Michael’s thesis: the longer Johnny owes, the tougher Michael gets.
The only real plot is that Charlie will do anything to keep helping Johnny out of the hole; yet Johnny likes the hole just fine… leading to an intense climax in one of the greatest indie films of the '70s and Martin Scorsese’s first real thrust as a groundbreaking filmmaker.
|KEVIN CORRIGAN on how MEAN STREETS inspired his GOODFELLAS role|
Small roles, but great, funny, memorable scenes.
When GOODFELLAS came along, I knew it was my chance to be like those guys. I was very lucky to get that opportunity.
|Firecracker customers from Riverdale|
|HARRY NORTHUP on his part as Jerry the Vietnam Vet in MEAN STREETS|
I told Marty that I would like to have Jerry dressed in a uniform. That way I could stand out from the others. I had heard Marty being interviewed & he had said, “Violence always erupts in the background.”
This was in line with my conception of my character. I told Marty that while all these guys were philosophizing – “Art thou King of the Jews?” & “I come to bring order” – I’ll turn their picnic into a nightmare.
I said that I will destroy the cake that they have given me, rip up the tables & attack a chick. Marty loved it.
|Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro and David Proval stuck at a light|