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Cry Tough (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | August 1959 (USA)
Puerto Rican ex-con tries to go straight, but is tempted back to his old life by his former gang.


Paul Stanley


Harry Kleiner, Irving Shulman (novel)




Complete credited cast:
John Saxon ... Miguel Antonio Enrico Francisco Estrada
Linda Cristal ... Sarita
Joseph Calleia ... Sr. Estrada
Harry Townes ... Carlos Mendoza
Don Gordon ... Incho
Perry Lopez ... Toro
Frank Puglia ... Lavandero
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Señora Estrada
Joe De Santis ... Juan Antonio Hernando Cortez
BarBara Luna ... Tina (as Barbara Luna)
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Alvears
Paul Clarke Paul Clarke ... Emilio


Puerto Rican ex-con tries to go straight, but is tempted back to his old life by his former gang.

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Sudden Violence Rips Into the Heart and Guts of a City! See more »


Crime | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fin d'un voyou See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Canon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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First feature film directed by Paul Stanley. See more »

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Sequel to Amboy Dukes
13 February 2013 | by baeseSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this Flick ! I keep asking TCM to show it. It is interesting in that the main character ,John Saxon, was a member of the Amboy Dukes, a Brooklyn street gang in an eponymous bestselling book of the post war J/D era. The Amboy Dukes was filmed as "City Across the River" - it was Tony Curtis's first film appearance. It was a passable, somewhat tepid version of the famous novel. This one, "Cry Tough" is a common book on the collector's vintage PB market, but this film has never been on VHS, LD, much less DVD. A reviewer above states he saw it on TCM. I've requested it from their library, to no avail. A rarely seen film. Lets get it out on DVD, it can't be worse than a lot of the junk available ! It may be a "Film Noir" in style, "City Across the River" is classified thus.

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