It Will Make You Squirm with Cognitive Dissonance.
Should we revere him or put him away forever?
American Film Institute’s Ranking: #47/100
Awards: Nominated for four winning none.
The purpose of this film is to be disgusted. Robert De Niro’s character makes us cringe. We recoil from the degrading behavior found on 42nd street. The ending makes us face uncomfortable choices. I enjoyed this film, even though it made me squirm through out. There is also a message that challenges how we view people and events: we place so much burden on outcomes and sometimes fail to look at the person themselves.
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