Crime in the Streets (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

Crime in the Streets1956

Crime in the Streets (1956)





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Frankie Dane (John Cassavetes) is the leader of the hornets, a local street gang that has had its share of rumbles and other trouble with the police. When one of his members is fingered to the police by a neighbor (Malcolm Atterbury) for having a gun, Frankie vows revenge, and when the same man humiliates him in public, he decides it's got to be murder. But only two members of the Hornets, mentally unstable Lou Macklin (Mark Rydell) and would-be full-fledged member "Baby" (Sal Mineo), are willing to go along, and even one of them is shaky -- the rest of the gang draws a line at killing. Social worker Ben Wagner (James Whitmore), who runs the local youth center, has been trying to reach out to the members of the Hornets and sees that something is splitting Frankie and a couple of the others off from the main gang, and is concerned enough to find out what it might be -- especially when Frankie's younger brother, a really nice kid named Richie (Peter J. Votrian), tells him that he thinks Frankie's planning to kill someone. He tries getting help from Frankie's mother (Virginia Gregg), who's too tired from her job to do much more than keep Richie from becoming like his brother, and Mr. Gioia (Will Kuluva), "Baby"'s father, who doesn't understand what went wrong between him and his son. A three-way battle of wills ensues as Frankie tries to hold his plan together and resist Wagner's efforts to intercede -- in the end, several lives are at risk, as Frankie ends up with his knife at the throat of his own brother, fully ready to use it.


James Whitmore
as Ben Wagner
John Cassavetes
as Frankie Dane
Sal Mineo
as Angelo 'Baby' Gioia
Mark Rydell
as Lou Macklin
Denise Alexander
as Maria Gioia
Malcolm Atterbury
as Mr. McAllister
Peter J. Votrian
as Richie Dane
Virginia Gregg
as Mrs. Dane
Dan Terranova
as Blockbuster
Will Kuluva
as Mr. Gioia
Peter Miller
as The Fighter
James Ogg
as Lenny
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Critic Reviews for Crime in the Streets

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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.

May 3, 2013

Siegel manages to keep the action wound pretty tight, though he doesn't seem to sympathize much with Rose's bleeding-heart liberalism.

April 30, 2005 | Full Review…

Depends heavily on Cassavetes' intensity and Siegel's brutality to make it work.

July 16, 2010 | Full Review…

A lively and intense melodrama about a youth gang hanging out in the mean city streets.

April 25, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crime in the Streets

this is the usual concrete jungle/wild in the streets teenage delinquent drama, aside from cassavetes' intense performance, still a few years away from making his own films

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Once you get past the stellar title sequence you'll probably spend most of the 90-minute running time wanting something very bad to happen to John Cassavettes' character. Crime in the Streets starts off kind of promising but it quickly turns into a Rebel Without Cause/Blackboard Jungle copycat with none of the charisma.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

No poster? so rude. I almost cried at the end. "Richie! You're my brother...I love you! Ahh so geat. So this kid Richie, a lousy good for nothing hood, wants to kill a man who slapped em. But does he have what it'll just have to find out. Don't mind the corny voice over.

rocko perkovich
rocko perkovich

Super Reviewer

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