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Criss Cross (1949)




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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
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Don Tracy, Daniel Fuchs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


Burt Lancaster
as Steve Thompson
Dan Duryea
as Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally
as Pete Ramirez
Richard Long
as Slade Thompson
Esy Morales
as Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi
as Vincent
Alan Napier
as Finchley
Joan Miller
as The Lush
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Thompson
Robert Osterloh
as Mr. Nelson
Vincent Renno
as Headwaiter
Vito Scotti
as Track Usher
John Roy
as Bartender
Lee Tung Foo
as Chinese Cook
Ann Staunton
as Girl Friend
Dolores Castle
as Girl Friend
Jeri Jordan
as Girl Friend
Kippee Valez
as Girl Friend
Garry Owen
as Johnny
John Roy
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Criss Cross

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Deluxe film noir, with rich visual style.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

A truly classic film noir.

September 15, 2005

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A great noir about a dumb guy. Yvonne DeCarlo is gorgeous and Lancaster plays the big dumb animal perfectly.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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