Crossfire (1947)



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Movie Info

This film is set in a hotel just after the end of WWII and begins with the murder of a Jewish guest. The prime suspects are a trio of recently returned GIs, and a level-headed detective sets off to find which one of them is guilty.

Rating: Unrated (for strong violence, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Brooks, John Paxton
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On DVD: Jul 5, 2005


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as Sgt. Peter Keeley

as Monty Montgomery

as Ginny Tremaine

as The Man

as Joseph Samuels

as Mary Mitchell

as Floyd Bowers

as Harry

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as Detective

as Military Police

as Military Police

as Arthur Mitchell

as Military Police

as Military Police

as Police Sergeant

as Soldier

as Waiter

as Police Surgeon

as Richard Straker

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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