The Cinemascope photography in Violent Saturday is beautiful. The saturated deep colors and the extreme wide screen make you wonder why movies today can't look like this. Lee Marvin is good as a sort of simple bank robber but the character I really liked was Chapman. Chapman is kind to children and strangers, often giving them candy even during the middle of the bank robbery, he has a sort of calm unaffected demeanor which makes him seem some how more evil.
While Violent Saturday isn't as profound as it maybe thinks that is is, I did enjoy it. My one major gripe is Earnest Borgnine's Amish character killing one of the bank robbers. It felt like a statement about the necessity of violence over pacifism. Something I actually do not at agree with.