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American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince

American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince
Promotional poster (with Italianamerican)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Bert Lovitt
Written by Julia Cameron (treatment)
Mardik Martin (treatment)
Starring Steven Prince,
Martin Scorsese,
George Memmoli
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Edited by Amy Jones
Bert Lovitt
Distributed by New Empire Films
Release dates
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time 55 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $155,000[1]

American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince is a 1978 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. Its subject is Scorsese's friend Steven Prince, best known for his small role as Easy Andy, the gun salesman in Taxi Driver. Prince is a raconteur telling stories about his life as an ex-drug addict and a road manager for Neil Diamond. Scorsese intersperses home movies of Prince as a child as he talks about his family. When talking of his years as a heroin addict, Prince tells a story about injecting adrenaline into the heart of a woman who overdosed, with the help of a medical dictionary and a Magic Marker. This story was re-enacted by Quentin Tarantino in his screenplay for Pulp Fiction. Prince also tells a story about his days working at a gas station, and having to shoot a man he caught stealing tires, after the man pulled out a knife and tried to attack him. This story was retold in the Richard Linklater film Waking Life.

The Neil Young song "Time Fades Away" is featured during the film's closing credits.

A sequel, American Prince, was released in 2009 and was directed by Tommy Pallotta.


  1. ^ "American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978)". Retrieved 2006-12-03. 

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