Martin Scorsese's Brilliant Debut Film
For the movie world, a major talent was knocking: New York University graduate film student Martin Scorsese. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed Who's That Knocking At My Door to be "a great moment in American movies." Harvey Keitel plays J.R., an unemployed youth content to hang out with his buddies in New York's Little Italy. But love, in the person of a college-educated girl (Zina Bethune), soon throws J.R. into a turmoil that challenges his ways of looking at the neighborhood - and life itself. Scorsese went on to make such landmark films as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and GoodFellas. Each shows he's lost none of the fire and inventiveness seen here in his debut work.