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how timely..i just pulled this from my shelf for a rewatch two nights ago
just an excelelnt movie all the way around..gotta agree onthe opening credits too..i could watch that over and over..gotta say though the mook scene although very funny is just the most phoniest bar/poolhall fight ive ever scene..
my favorite bit in the movie has to be the whole imporvised dialogue between Charlie and Johnny Boy in the back room when Johnny Boy explains why he has not made his weekly payment..


This is definitely one of the most important movies of the 70s. It's funny - we think back on the 70s and wonder at how many important/innovative movies got made, and yet this film was considered almost dangerous at the time and had to be fought for to see release.

I guess the moral is, things change, but they never change...


Thank you for your review of this film; it's one of my favorites, and I never get tired of watching it. I just loaned it to a friend of mine, and I hope that he appreciates the qualities you've captured in your comments. At the end of the day, I think it's the film where Scorsese says the most about himself.

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