Mean Streets is a combination of maximalism, violence, humor and drama that just worked out well. The film was a starting point of Martin's collaboration with Robert De Niro whose one of a kind versatility developed under the supervision of Scorsese. He was able to skillfully pull together all of his teenage reminiscences, spice them up with grotesque and catch a glimpse of modernity. Ridiculous plot twists, mood and rhythm shifts, car chases, Charlie's band wild antics, all wrapped up in the early 70s' American vibe, make this film a real nugget. Scorsese has always recognized Mean Streets as a violent drama but with a reservation that violence used to be a part of lifestyle in those days.