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Martin Rome (Richard Conte) is a cop killer and jewel thief who escapes from prison, with two police detectives, Candella (Victor Mature) and Collins (Fred Clark), hot on his trail. Not only is Rome wanted for murder, he is now also accused of masterminding a major jewel robbery. On the run, Rome is helped by a sleazy lawyer (Berry Kroeger) and two girlfriends, Teena (Debra Paget) and Brenda (Shelley Winters). Rome's plan: recover the hidden jewels from his lawyer and leave the country.

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Critic Reviews for Cry of the City

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1)

  • The beauty of Siodmak's film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder.

    April 23, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • In luscious blacks and whites, this film noir thriller takes place in Little Italy, New York, and is a precursor to the cinema of Scorsese, with a touch of Hitchcock in its affectionate embrace of man's dark side.

    April 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The sequences on the rainy, neon-lit streets of downtown Manhattan are brought off with exhilarating flair and the two men's closeup confrontations have power and punch.

    April 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Film noir doesn't get much murkier than Robert Siodmak's 1948 New York-set immigrant story.

    April 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.

    February 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cry of the City

  • Apr 14, 2020
    Another film noir gem that goes largely unnoticed by many fans of the genre. There are spectacular on-location scenes (New York), solid performances by the leads Victor Mature and Richard Conte and a storyline that treats the subject matter with depth and little notice to Hollywood tropes.
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