Crime Wave

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Former jailmates make it difficult for a paroled man (Gene Nelson), hounded by a suspicious detective (Sterling Hayden), to go straight.

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  • Mar 29, 2020
    Solid crime picture with the great Sterling Hayden as a tough investigator trying to solve a robbery/cop killing by a trio of hoods who involve another ex-con against his will. Film also features Charles Bronson's first significant role.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    Unexceptional noir. Hayden is nothing if not consistent, consistently bad that is.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    oft told tale but sharp as a razor here with sterling hayden, an actor of more presence than skill, giving maybe his best performance. rumor has it the film was made in two weeks and it's remarkably done, from the opening heist to the tune of doris day's 's'wonderful' to the last crumpled cigarette
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2007
    More heist move/crime caper than film noir. It starts off as one of those early "this is how policework works" half-assed documentaries but eventually turns into a real movie with a narrative story. Pretty unremarkable as an ex con trying to go straight gets sucked into a bank job by guys he served time with. Nothing to write home about at all. A few highlights include a brow-beating Sterling Hayden, a young Charles Bronson and a characteristically nutty Timothy Carey.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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