Crime in the Streets | Chicago Reader

Crime in the Streets

Don Siegel followed his classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers with this 1956 problem drama about juvenile delinquency, adapted by Reginald Rose (12 Angry Men) from his teleplay. The leader of a street gang (John Cassavetes) enlists two loyal buddies (Mark Rydell and Sal Mineo, both wonderful) in a murder plot against a neighbor who's slapped him around, while a concerned social worker (James Whitmore) tries to straighten the kids out. Siegel manages to keep the action wound pretty tight, though he doesn't seem to sympathize much with Rose's bleeding-heart liberalism. 91 min.

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