Director Martin Scorsese's feature-film debut chronicles a brief time in the life of Keitel, an Italian-American who lives in New York's Little Italy. Keitel suffers under the contradictions of a strict Catholic upbringing, while forced to grow up in the harsh realities of New York City.
In his early twenties, Keitel spends most of his time "hanging out" with his male buddies and getting into trouble. To satisfy their sexual urges, the young men simply pick up a couple of "broads" (women who are willing to have premarital sex) and take turns. "Broads" are never to be confused with
the "nice girls" (virgins), whom the boys will someday marry and have children with. ...