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"Since Wise was the director of the multi-Oscared 'West Side Story' it's tempting to call this his 'Lower East Side Story'... This is a leaner, smaller-scaled film than 'West Side Story,' but it has the same driving tempo and vitality...Wise and his distinguished editor (and frequent collaborator) William Reynolds bring to the story a rigorous sense of structure and pace; indeed, just as the actors seem choreographed rather than directed—even when they're not dancing—the film itself seems shaped, even sculpted, so that tension evolves from a fantasy being played out boldly against urban locales at their grittiest."
—Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times, March 17, 1989.

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