Criss Cross (1949)
Recently divorced and drinking heavily, armored car guard Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) meets his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo), with whom he is still emotionally and physically obsessed, in a nightclub. Anna is planning on marrying Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea), a gambler with mob connections. Anna and Steve resume their relationship and when caught by Slim, desperate to save their lives, Steve tells Slim that they are planning a robbery of a armored car. Slim agrees to help them and Anna convinces Steve to actually go through with the robbery to get them the money to run away together and begin a new life. Things do not go as planned leading to a violent conclusion. Expertly directed by Robert Siodmak and with good performances by all the cast, particularly Burt Landcaster as the obsessed, doomed Steve, Criss Cross with its smoky, claustrophobic aura is one of the most tragic and compelling of film noir. … More
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Critic Reviews for Criss Cross
Solid little thriller that inspired Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath."
Audience Reviews for Criss Cross
I'd like to see this movie again, it was interesting and exciting, I liked it, but I can't remember it very vividly.More
Tough, dark noir. Good performances by experts in the genre. Yvonne De Carlo is breathtakingly beautiful here and gives a fine account of a heartless shrew. Keep an eye out for Tony Curtis dancing with her in one scene.More
A great noir about a dumb guy. Yvonne DeCarlo is gorgeous and Lancaster plays the big dumb animal perfectly.More
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