A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. The future is set for Tony and Michael – owning a neighbour- hood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York city’s Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He’s probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all – he can’t reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape (to Brooklyn) moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future. In director Martin Scorsese’s look at New York City’s Little Italy, a small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. Bar fights, loan sharking and concealed weapons. These wise guys are definitely products of their environment.