Crime in the Streets (1956)
Crime in the Streets was filmmaker Don Siegel's take on the dilemma of juvenile delinquency. Dedicated social worker James Whitmore matches wits with a tough street gang, headed by John Cassavetes (yes, he was that young once!) An accident waiting to happen, Cassavetes plots to murder a man whom he thinks has publicly humiliated him. Whitmore is able to dissuade the rest of the gang from Cassavetes' course of action-all except Sal Mineo and Mark Rydell (who like, Cassavetes, later became a top-rank director). After a "trial run" with an unfortunate wino, the three hoods prepare to put their homicidal plan into action. Adapted by Reginald Rose from his own television play, Crime in the Streets still packs a wallop today. … More
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Critic Reviews for Crime in the Streets
The film is built around long takes of tightly composed performances, culminating in a bravura four-minute shot with entrances and exits brilliantly orchestrated by the commanding presence of Cassavetes.
Siegel manages to keep the action wound pretty tight, though he doesn't seem to sympathize much with Rose's bleeding-heart liberalism.
Depends heavily on Cassavetes' intensity and Siegel's brutality to make it work.
Audience Reviews for Crime in the Streets
this is the usual concrete jungle/wild in the streets teenage delinquent drama, aside from cassavetes' intense performance, still a few years away from making his own filmsMore
Once you get past the stellar title sequence you'll probably spend most of the 90-minute running time wanting something very bad to happen to John Cassavettes' character. Crime in the Streets starts off kind of promising but it quickly turns into a Rebel Without Cause/Blackboard Jungle copycat with none of the charisma.More
No poster? so rude. I almost cried at the end. "Richie! You're my brother...I love you! Ahh so geat. So this kid Richie, a lousy good for nothing hood, wants to kill a man who slapped em. But does he have what it takes...you'll just have to find out. Don't mind the corny voice over.More
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