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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 (adapted from a novel by)
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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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(11 articles)
New on Video: ‘Out of the Past’
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: On The Beach
 (From Disc Dish. 8 August 2014, 7:51 AM, PDT)

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User Reviews:
"The best years of our lives"turned film noir. See more (69 total) »

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)

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)
 
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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) | 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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 22 minutes in. Shadow of camera and dolly visible just to the right of the hotel door as the character played by Richard Benedict enters the hotel.See more »
Quotes:
Police Captain Finlay:This business about hating Jews comes in a lot of different sizes. There's the 'you can't join our country club' kind. The 'you can't live around here' kind. The 'you can't work here' kind. Because we stand for all these, we get Monty's kind. He grows out of all the rest... Hating is always insane, always senseless.See more »
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References Cornered (1945)See more »

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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
"The best years of our lives"turned film noir., 15 September 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

SPOILERS Not only does this movie boasts three Roberts,but it also possesses all that makes a film noir great:a murky sticky atmosphere, a fine supporting cast , a lot of characters we remember even if they appear on the screen barely fifteen minutes(Gloria Grahame and her husband for instance).The first scene sets the tone:a murder ;we can only see the shadows on the wall.

Edward Dmytryk,whose career would dismally end (the likes of "Shalako") ,was here at the height of his powers:he films his story with a stunning virtuosity and there are unforgettable moments:the scene in the Jew's apartment seen thru the eyes of the drunken soldier;the way the director films brilliant Robert Ryan ,using dizzying high and low angle shots.He's arguably the stand-out and his performance is really spooky;the conversation during which you can only see Ryan's face in a mirror;all these stairs which seem to be death traps.

It seems that these soldiers can only survive in the dark:in the nightclubs,in Grahame's seedy apartment,in a movie theater.They are just about at breaking point,as if they had come from hell to wind up in another one.But one should notice that ,at least in the first half of the movie,their camaraderie,their solidarity remain intact:brothers in arms indeed;the police are the enemy.

Robert Young's cop is a thousand miles above your usual detective routine:the scenarists achieves the feat of including his own story (actually his grandfather)in this murder mystery.He really pleads for the right to difference:today the Jews,tomorrow the hillbillies from Tennessee ,then the guys with striped ties...His words have a contemporary feel:it's because they don't know the Jews,the fags (check the novel)that some people use them as scapegoats.

Robert Ryan's portrayal is one of the most frightening of all the film noir genre.It's interesting to compare his part with the one he plays in Robert Wise's "odds against tomorrow"(1959).In both movies ,his character is a racist or anti-Semite;in both movies no explanation.Ryan was known for his very liberal ideas,what a clever actor he was!

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