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Crossfire (1947)

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A landmark Hollywood drama for its sharp look at the touchy subject of anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S., Crossfire is set in a hotel just after the end of WW II 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 (if not all of them) is guilty. Robert Ryan gives a fine performance in an underwritten role, but the film is otherwise visually static and somewhat pretentious, lacking a meaningful style and showing little depth. Despite its flaws, the film has some power and caused controversy. Because of the film's subtext of prejudice and anti-Semitism, filmmaker Edward Dmytryk became one of the first 10 Hollywood figures blacklisted by McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities.

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Cast

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 White
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
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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
Variety
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
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Audience Reviews for Crossfire

½

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
xGary Xx

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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.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

½

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
El Hombre Invisible

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