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Crossfire

Crossfire (1947)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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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

Jul 5, 2005

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

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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While the film remains a respectable thriller, only Ryan's crafty, quietly deranged performance lifts it out of the ordinary.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This ultra-low-budget thriller did what all great B movies do: it broached a subject that 'respectable' movies wouldn't touch.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A thematically articulate film.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Crossfire is an unusually good and honest movie and may -- I hope, will - prove a very useful one.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The Nation
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

A classic.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dealing with racial bigotry, this tense thriller combines a message drama with the stylistics of film noir, resulting in one of the best films of the 1940s, with top notch work from Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It has a very strong and powerful message against anti-Semitism.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

a drawn-out hour of investigation that looks like a schoolyard game of C.S.I.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Brave and impressive stuff.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It would have been a much better film if it weren't for the censor: there is absolutely no question about that.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An intriguing combination of a common noir theme with the liberal-minded message picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Edinburgh U Film Society
Edinburgh U Film Society

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.
August 16, 2011
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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.
September 11, 2009
webalina

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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.
June 25, 2008
DrBenway
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It's not quite noir but Robert Ryan as an anti-semetic psycho is worth the viewing
November 2, 2006
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    1. Leroy: He wants to see you, Monty. He asked me to tell ya he wants to see you. Honest, I didn't know whether I ought to tell you or not, you don't want to get mixed up in anything more than you are, but he was acting crazy Monty. He gave me a crazy thing to tell you. He said to tell you the necktie wasn't any good. What'd he mean by that Monty?
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
    1. Capt. Finlay: Well hate, Monty's kind of hate, is like a gun. If you carry it around with you it can go off and kill somebody. It killed Samuels last night.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
    1. Sgt. Peter Kelley: You've got a mind like a dog catcher.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
    1. Ginny Tremaine: Ha, sure I know - I remind you of your sister.
    2. Arthur Mitchell: You remind me of my wife.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
    1. Ginny Tremaine: Drink up and be nice.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
    1. Joseph Samuels: It's worse at night, isn't it? I think maybe it's suddenly not having a lot of enemies to hate anymore. Maybe it's because for four years now we've been focusing our mind on -- on one little peanut. The win the war peanut. That was all; get it over! Eat that peanut. [he eats and swallows the peanut] All at once, no peanut. Now we start looking at each other again. We don't know what we're supposed to do - we don't know what's supposed to happen. We're too used to fighting, but we just don't know what to fight. You can feel the tension in the air. A whole lot of fight, and hate, that doesn't know where to go. A guy like you, maybe, starts hating himself. Well - one of these days maybe we'll all learn to shift gears. Stop hating and start liking things again. Eh.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
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