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Crossfire -- One of the first Hollywood films to explore bigotry follows the story of three World War II soldiers who become suspects in the murder of a Jewish hotel guest.
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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John Paxton (screenplay)
Richard Brooks (adapted from a novel by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1947 (USA) See more »
Sensational? No, it's dynamite! See more »
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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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Absolutely fantastic film that still holds up 57 years later! See more (72 total) »


  (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)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Richard Brooks (adapted from a novel by)

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 (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1998) (1999) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #12325)

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The focus of the novel dealt with homophobia, but the subject was changed to anti-Semitism for the film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Floyd and Finlay are arguing in Floyd's apartment, the boom operator is repeatedly reflected in the mirror.See more »
Police Captain Finlay:The murderer's hate is like a gun. He had to be someone who could hate Samuels without knowing him. It had to be inside the killer.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Cornered (1945)See more »


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25 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely fantastic film that still holds up 57 years later!, 11 July 2004
Author: timpaniana from Los Angeles

I first saw CROSSFIRE as a 10-year-old kid in his favorite neighborhood theater in Philadelphia one hot Saturday afternoon. Did I understand it? No, not completely, but one message DID ring through clearly ... that of anti-Semitism, which was alive and well during those years following WWII. But, as I matured, I happened to catch it on not less than three additional occasions, and came out each time with a totally different perspective. Today, at age 67, and having been around the block a few times, I can safely say that there is no room for anti-Semitism today, nor was there in 1947. Of course, to love thy brother is THE way toward a more sensible coexistence... especially in times when the security of ALL is threatened. As for the performances in CROSSFIRE, you couldn't have in any better: Robert Mitchum was superb as a placid veteran in the company of Robert Ryan, who was dynamite as his psychotic counterpart who killed Sam Levene just because he was a Jew. Robert Montgomery did quite well as the detective trying to get to the bottom of an apparently senseless crime. This is TRUE film noire, in "glorious black and white," short, sweet, and very much to the point. GOD! I LOVE those films from the late-'40s and early-50s! Happy viewing everyone!

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