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Crossfire (1947)

Crossfire (1947)





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This drama was one of the first major-studio efforts to confront anti-Semitism (beating the Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement by several months), and it features a standout performance from Robert Ryan as a bigoted soldier on the run. Monty Montogomery (Ryan) is a violent and unstable soldier who, while out on a pass, goes on a drinking spree with three buddies, Floyd (Steve Brodie), Arthur (George A. Cooper), and Leroy (William Phipps). While boozing it up in a tavern, the four men meet Joseph Samuels (Sam Levene), and end up at his apartment for a party. Monty, however, has a fierce hatred of Jews, and he later goes into a drunken rage in which he beats Joseph to death. Monty's friends can barely remember the incident through their liquor-shrouded memories, but they recall just enough to make themselves scarce when police detective Capt. Finlay (Robert Young) begins making the rounds looking for information on Joseph's murder. Sgt. Kelly (Robert Mitchum), a soldier who knows the four men, begins to suspect that something is up, and he works with Leroy's wife and Finlay to help ferret out the killer in his ranks, while Monty kills Floyd when he becomes convinced that he's going to talk to the authorities. While director Edward Dmytryk showed real bravery in bringing this story to the screen, it had greater repercussions than he might have expected; the film's controversial themes led to Dmytryk's denunciation by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy-era investigations of the 1950s. Luckily, unlike other filmmakers who suffered similar accusations by HUAC, Dmytryk continued to work steadily through the '50s and '60s.more
Rating: Unrated (for strong violence, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Brooks, John Paxton, John Paxton
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On DVD: Jul 5, 2005


Robert Young
as Capt. Finlay
Robert Mitchum
as Sgt. Peter Keeley
Robert Ryan
as Monty Montgomery
Gloria Grahame
as Ginny Tremaine
Paul Kelly
as The Man
Sam Levene
as Joseph Samuels
Jacqueline White
as Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie
as Floyd Bowers
Tom Keene
as Detective
Marlo Dwyer
as Miss Lewis/Miss Whit...
Richard Powers
as Detective
Jay Norris
as Military Police
Robert Bray
as Military Police
George A. Cooper
as Arthur Mitchell
George Turner
as Military Police
Don Cadell
as Military Police
Philip Morris
as Police Sergeant
Allan Ray
as Soldier
Bill Nind
as Waiter
George Meader
as Police Surgeon
Richard Norton
as Richard Straker
Eric Hahn
as Varela
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Critic Reviews for Crossfire

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Producer Dore Schary, in association with Adrian Scott, has pulled no punches.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Top Critic

While the film remains a respectable thriller, only Ryan's crafty, quietly deranged performance lifts it out of the ordinary.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This ultra-low-budget thriller did what all great B movies do: it broached a subject that 'respectable' movies wouldn't touch.

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

A thematically articulate film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Crossfire is an unusually good and honest movie and may -- I hope, will - prove a very useful one.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
The Nation

Sutil como um touro numa loja de porcelana, soa implausível em sua trama e tolo na maneira com que prega o óbvio. Com isso, suas válidas intenções morais se tornam apenas infantis.

December 30, 2011
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Crossfire


When a Jewish man is beaten to death in a hate crime, police detective Robert Young finds his suspicions as to the culprit difficult to prove. Although it has many of the visual trappings of Film Noir, Crossfire is more of an examination of prejudice and its repercussions in society. The crux of the film is Young's "hate is a gun" speech that highlights the dangers of blind hatred, and as such it's a very well meaning as well as well written film. Young gives a solid performance as the sardonic cop, as does Robert Mitchum as a soldier caught up in events although his dominating presence is a little too thin on the ground. The ever reliable Gloria Grahame also appears as a bitter vamp and Paul Kelly is an interesting supporting character but it's Robert Ryan's show all the way whose chilling portrayal of a racist psychopath was nominated for an Oscar. Perhaps lacking a focal character, Crossfire is still a very interesting and thoughtful detective story with a timeless message.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

A man is found beaten to death in his apartment. The last people he was seen with were four soliders. One of them did it, but which one? Robert Young as a police detective, in a better performance than I would normally expect out of him, wants to find out. Even though it's pretty obvious who the killer is early on, I won't give it away here. This film about prejudice and Anti-Semitism should remind all of us how dangerous intolerance like that can be if taken to the extreme.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


A social commentary that pretends to be a murder mystery. Crossfire's main purpose is explaining prejudice or hatred of somebody just because they are a member of a certain group. For that emphasis, it's a very interesting movie and sets it apart from most films in its' time, but its minor storyline is more compelling.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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