Crime in the Streets
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Crime in the Streets
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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A lively and intense melodrama about a youth gang hanging out in the mean city streets."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Siegel manages to keep the action wound pretty tight, though he doesn't seem to sympathize much with Rose's bleeding-heart liberalism."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Depends heavily on Cassavetes' intensity and Siegel's brutality to make it work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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