Shot on the streets of East Harlem, Frankenheimer’s juvenile delinquency movie has Burt Lancaster’s honest, hard-working Assistant DA Hank Bell caught between two street gangs – the Thunderbirds and the Horsemen – while seeking justice for Roberto Escalante, a blind member of the Horsemen who is murdered in broad daylight by Italian punks Danny (Stanley Kristien), Arthur (John Davis Chandler), and “Batman” (Neil Nephew).
Hank discovers that Danny is the son of his old neighbourhood flame Mary diPace (Shelley Winters).
Features Puerto Rican gang members dressed like The Specials restyled by The Cramps, and the delightful cynicism of Telly Savalas (making his film debut as a cop).
The gang fight scenes, acting and camera work are brilliant, although the plot is questionable.
R. Daniel Cole
Detective Lt. Gunderson
David J. Stewart
John Davis Chandler
Anthony “Batman” Aposto