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Crime in the Streets (1956)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1956 (USA)
Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Reginald Rose (story), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Whitmore ... Ben Wagner
John Cassavetes ... Frankie Dane
Sal Mineo ... Angelo Gioia
Mark Rydell ... Lou Macklin
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Dane
Peter J. Votrian ... Richie Dane (as Peter Votrian)
Will Kuluva ... Mr. Gioia
Malcolm Atterbury ... Mr. McAllister
Denise Alexander ... Maria Gioia
Dan Terranova ... Blockbuster
Peter Miller ... The Fighter
Steve Rowland ... Glasses
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Storyline

On a city's mean streets, the boys join gangs at 15. Frankie leads the Hornets: he's 18, seething, coiled. When a neighbor goes to the cops after seeing one of the Hornets with a zip gun, Frankie vows to kill the old guy, hatching a plan using Lou, who smiles and smokes, and "Baby," the 15-year-old son of an immigrant shopkeeper. Ben Wagner, the social worker at a neighborhood settlement house, gets wind of the plan and tries to break through to Frankie. Frankie's brother Richie, who's about 12, worships and fears Frankie; he also figures out what his brother is up to. Is Frankie doomed to crash and burn at 18? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The bridge at the beginning of the film is the Queensboro Bridge, looking from Manhattan into Queens across the East River. See more »

Goofs

When Wagner is speaking with Frankie on the fire escape after Mrs. Dane pulls down the shades, it is obvious the windows have no glass in them (to eliminate reflections in the studio, no doubt). See more »

Quotes

Frankie Dane: [after he's slapped] Don't you ever touch me!
Mrs. Dane: I'm your mother... MOTHER! God help me when I say it! The word feels dirty in my mouth! 'Don't touch me, mother?' Well, you listen to me! I touched you once! I gave birth to you. I touched you all over! You're part of my body, and every time I think of it, I wanna wash! You're garbage, Frankie Dane! I give you up! I give you up!
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References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

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Better than I expected
22 March 2006 | by ManitobaSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie at the Don S. film festival at Film Forum, and this movie was surprisingly better than I could have expected. While it is a little preachy at times, the performances by Cassevetes and Mineo are mind-blowing in how touching and nuanced they are at such a young age.

From the beginning it is clear that this film was made on a small set in Hollywood, but you quickly forget about this and can easily become wrapped up in the story - an almost reverse Crime and Punishment parable. Cassevetes and Mineo overcome an of the actors' deficiencies even though most of the other performances such as the mother, Mineo's father, are also superb (the only truly cornball performances come from the preachy social worker, the sappy little brother and a couple of the stereotyped gang members).

The director does an amazing job of making this small slum world feel so small (the set is probably half a city block in size on the set) and tense.

Film Forum displayed Scorcese's personal copy, which was unfortunately quite damaged. Hopefully, the studio which owns this film will reprint a clean 35 mm copy or print a restored DVD. For fans of the "youth gone wild" genre or simple of Cassevetes, this movie is a true waiting-to-be rediscovered gem


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen en las calles See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lindbrook Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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