Criss Cross (1949)




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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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Burt Lancaster
as Steve Thompson
Dan Duryea
as Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally
as Pete Ramirez
Richard Long
as Slade Thompson
Esy Morales
as Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi
as Vincent
Alan Napier
as Finchley
Meg Randall
as Helen
Joan Miller
as The Lush
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Thompson
Marc Krah
as Mort
Robert Osterloh
as Mr. Nelson
Vincent Renno
as Headwaiter
Tony Curtis
as Gigolo
Vito Scotti
as Track Usher
John Roy
as Bartender
Lee Tung Foo
as Chinese Cook
Ann Staunton
as Girl Friend
Dolores Castle
as Girl Friend
Jeri Jordan
as Girl Friend
Kippee Valez
as Girl Friend
Jean Bane
as Girl
Steve Roberts
as Doctor
Garry Owen
as Johnny
Gene Evans
as Guard
Michael Cisney
as Chester
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Critic Reviews for Criss Cross

All Critics (8)

Deluxe film noir, with rich visual style.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

A truly classic film noir.

September 15, 2005

Cynical film noir of obsessive love and betrayal.

Full Review… | October 24, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solid little thriller that inspired Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath."

June 11, 2004
Nitrate Online

All of the elements for a great film noir are here.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

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June 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for Criss Cross

Wonderful fatalistic film noir by Robert Siodmak. The mood is perfect and aided by an excellent black-and-white cinematography. Excellent performances too!

George Matalliotakis
George Matalliotakis

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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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

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