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Crossfire (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  22 July 1947 (USA)
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A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

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Finlay
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Keeley
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Montgomery
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Paul Kelly ...
The Man
Sam Levene ...
Samuels
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Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie ...
Floyd
George Cooper ...
Mitchell
Richard Benedict ...
Bill
Tom Keene ...
Detective (as Richard Powers)
William Phipps ...
Leroy
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Harry
Marlo Dwyer ...
Miss Lewis
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Storyline

Homicide Capt. Finlay finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels. In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as Sergeant Keeley investigates on his own, trying to clear his friend Mitchell, to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 July 1947 (USA)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Robert Ryan and Richard Brooks, the author of the novel 'The Brick Foxhole' which this film was based on, both served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. Ryan asked Brooks if his book ever was accepted by Hollywood to consider him for the unsympathetic role of Montgomery. But another version of this story maintains that Ryan met Brooks in the library of Camp Pendleton, told him he was an actor who was determined to play the movie role of the villain, especially because, he insisted, 'I know that son of a bitch. No one knows him better than I do'. Two years later, outside the theater where Crossfire (1947) had just previewed, actor Ryan--who had indeed played the role he had once sought--asked writer Brooks, 'What do you think?' See more »

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When Floyd and Finlay are arguing in Floyd's apartment, the boom operator is repeatedly reflected in the mirror. See more »

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A viewing treat
19 July 2003 | by (Melbourne , Australia) – See all my reviews

Definitely a "must see" for all fans of film noir.

Thanks to a fine script and crisp, razor sharp direction, a top cast comes together and works like a well oiled clock to produce a crackerjack psychological thriller. Wonderful characterizations articulate the movie's powerful message about the dangers of racial and religious intolerance.

It's difficult and almost unjust to single out any one, particular performance because there isn't a weak link in the entire company. But Robert Ryan as the hateful and violent white supremacist is truly spine chilling.

Making this film in the 1940s would have taken a lot of courage. Now,all these years later, at a time when contemporary movies are dominated by a ridiculous over abundance of foul language, bare breasts, crummy acting and deafening soundtracks, it's refreshing to get back to the basics of quality film making with a viewing treat like "Crossfire".

Another low budget gem from the Hollywood archives .


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