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A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy. He begins to discover that the facts in the case aren't exactly as they seem to be. Written by
After the murder of a young Rican blind in a neighbourhood in New York by three boys Ital-Americans, the instructor of the district attorney's office "Hank Bell", (Burt Lancaster) decides, contravening its role, clarifying the facts and search for truth. During the investigation, "Bell" will be more or less pressured by all: both bands; its chief (future candidate for governor) who seeks the electric chair for the guilty; his former girlfriend, which is the mother of the main suspect; his wife, contrary to the death penalty.
In his first job in the film, Frankenheimer took a novel of Evan Hunter and filmed with the great Burt Lancaster, who starred almost all his great films "Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Train", "Seven Days in May".
Frankenheimer carried out a strong criticism of the American society who blame, at least in large part, to be the cause of the existence of these bands, born of abject poverty. It also criticizes the justice in that country, "that does not allow cross-examine a less than 16 years but it can "frying" in the electric chair.
With Lancaster, the director leads us to slums, shows us the extreme poverty: girls prostitutes, entire families living overcrowded, young people who see violence as a way of life and only solution...
But also, and is one of the points to highlight, although the company has much to blame, members of the different bands are displayed as unscrupulous people, and most enjoys with what you do not want to change anything from their bitter situation: some frightened his wife, others give him a beating, all want to end its rivals.
We must emphasize the interpretation of Lancaster, who with this director always got magnificent interpretations. Also of Winters and the intervention of Home Antonio. In addition, good and proper musical score by David Amram that recur in "The Manchurian candidate".
A hard and interesting film premiered the same year as "West Side Store", whose thematic links.
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