Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 28, 1959

Cry Tough (Canon; United Artists) is a title that means next to nothing in a picture that means nothing at all. With a pretense of social protest, the film tries for realism as it pans in on Spanish Harlem and enters slums where children sleep on pallets and adults line up nine-deep to use the bathroom. But what the cameras actually record is little more than a Puerto Ricochet from the smallest-bore gangster plot in the film maker's gun cabinet.

Miguel Antonio Enrique Francisco Estrada (John Saxon), a first-generation Puerto Rican-New Yorker, is just out of stir and determined to go straight;...

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