Criss Cross

1949

Criss Cross

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Armored car guard Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) should know better than to make whoopee with his no-good ex-wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo) -- especially since she's now married to gangster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Caught by Slim in a compromising position with Anna, Steve alibis that he's merely planning an armored car heist. Slim doesn't completely buy this, but he decides to go through with the robbery, sending along several henchmen to make sure that Steve doesn't pull a double-cross. But he hasn't reckoned with Anna, who convinces the wounded Steve to steal the loot and skip town with her. No one ever wins in a set-up like this; the audience knows this, but follows along just the same. Based on a novel by Don Tracy, Criss Cross is a terse, doom-drenched film noir from a master of the game, director Robert Siodmak. And yes, that handsome hunk dancing with Yvonne De Carlo in the opening scene is an unbilled Tony Curtis.

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  • Nov 04, 2011
    Wonderful fatalistic film noir by Robert Siodmak. The mood is perfect and aided by an excellent black-and-white cinematography. Excellent performances too!
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    Criss-Cross is excellent on every technical aspect, has a story that's interesting enough, and so much star material that anyone can still sit down and watch it today, 63 years after it was originally conceived. What really shines through, though, is not the story, or the characters, but Robert Siodmak's great eye, from the interplay of shadows on the wall of Steve's favorite hangout pub, to the last second of the film, a tableu vivant of the two protagonists entangled in death, just like they did in life. Awesome!
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2011
    I'd like to see this movie again, it was interesting and exciting, I liked it, but I can't remember it very vividly.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2008
    Tough, dark noir. Good performances by experts in the genre. Yvonne De Carlo is breathtakingly beautiful here and gives a fine account of a heartless shrew. Keep an eye out for Tony Curtis dancing with her in one scene.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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