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By shuffling some standard ingredients with quiet competence, "Crime Wave," the new Warners film on the Holiday's screen, manages to look a good deal better than it is.
Andre de Toth's 1954 noir is gritty, powerful, and economically told.
The title tells it all in this low-budget film.
The sense of human vulnerability against hard architecture suggests Lang on a shoestring, but the bleak humanism is all De Toth's
Visually brilliant film noir.
A nasty little masterpiece.
A neorealist noir gem.
If the maxim "crime doesn't pay" is noir's given, then Crime Wave spins it to answer "but virtue barely scrapes up a living wage."
This low-budget B-flick was very entertaining.
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
Unexceptional noir. Hayden is nothing if not consistent, consistently bad that is.
Great film noir!
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.
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