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Crossfire -- 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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Director:
Writers:
John Paxton (screenplay)
Richard Brooks (novel)
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Release Date:
22 July 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Sensational? No, it's dynamite! See more »
Plot:
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(9 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Young ... Finlay

Robert Mitchum ... Keeley

Robert Ryan ... Montgomery

Gloria Grahame ... Ginny
Paul Kelly ... The Man
Sam Levene ... Samuels

Jacqueline White ... Mary Mitchell
Steve Brodie ... Floyd
George Cooper ... Mitchell
Richard Benedict ... Bill
Tom Keene ... Detective (as Richard Powers)
William Phipps ... Leroy

Lex Barker ... Harry
Marlo Dwyer ... Miss Lewis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Bray ... MP (uncredited)
Don Cadell ... MP (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Tenant (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Major (uncredited)
George Meader ... Police surgeon (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Police sergeant (uncredited)
Bill Nind ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... MP (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Soldier (uncredited)
George Turner ... MP (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Richard Brooks (novel)

Produced by
Adrian Scott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
John Sturtevant 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Levinson .... assistant director
Cliff Reid Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
John E. Tribby .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Howard Schwartz .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Dore Schary .... presenter
William E. Watts .... dialogue director
C. Bidwell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charles Cirillo .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin .... stand-in (uncredited)
B. Scott .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #12325)

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Trivia:
Edward Dmytryk opted to use a noir lighting style because of its inexpensiveness and the fact that it was very quick to set up. This explains why the film only took 20 days to shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Finlay breaks the window with his gun, large pieces of broken glass are still visibly hanging in the window frame. In every subsequent shot of Finlay at the window, there is no broken glass hanging from the window frame.See more »
Quotes:
Police Captain Finlay:What kind of guys?
Montgomery:You know the kind. Played it safe during the war, keepin' themselves in civvies, nice apartments, swell dames... you know the kind.
Police Captain Finlay:I'm not sure that I do.
Montgomery:Some of 'em are named Samuels, some of 'em have funnier names.
[Montgomery leaves]
Keeley:He oughta look at a casualty list sometime. There's a lot of funny names there, too.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A viewing treat, 19 July 2003
Author: Bruce Corneil from Melbourne, Australia

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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