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Directed by Martin Scorsese

United States 1973 112 mins.

Based in part on his own experiences in the darker corners of New York’s Little Italy, Scorsese provides a parable of a man attempting to reconcile his violent lifestyle with an irresolute Catholic faith. Harvey Keitel portrays Charlie, a well-meaning, small-time hood whose conflicted nature is slowly beginning to jeopardize his work and private life. Robert De Niro turns in a startling performance as Johnny Boy, Charlie’s arguably psychopathic friend, whose quick temper and unpaid debts quickly become menacing liabilities.