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Criss Cross (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  1949 (USA)
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An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

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Anna
Dan Duryea ...
Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally ...
Pete Ramirez
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Tom Pedi ...
Vincent
Percy Helton ...
Frank
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Finchley
Griff Barnett ...
Pop
Meg Randall ...
Helen
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Slade Thompson
Joan Miller ...
The Lush
Edna Holland ...
Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
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Walt
Marc Krah ...
Mort
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Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his former wife. However, Anna belongs now to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him. He commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended. Written by <cantor@creative.net>

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 10, 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) As Mr. Lancaster is getting out of the armored truck, he pauses on the running board and looks around - as he does so, the side-view mirror pans across the film crew. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Pete Ramirez: I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in. I'm sorry Steve.
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A Masterpiece of Master Robert Siodmak
28 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While driving an armored car in a lonely road, Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) recalls his life, after divorcing his beloved wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo) and working in many places in the United States of America, from the moment he returned home in Los Angeles a few days ago. Although traveling for almost two years trying to forget Anna, he is still obsessed with her. However, when he arrives in town, the sentimentally inconstant Anna gets married with the gangster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Steve plans a heist of the armored car with Slim, expecting to double-cross the criminal and escaping with Anna to another city to begin a new life, but things do not happen as he intended it was. "Criss Cross" is a magnificent film-noir, indeed another masterpiece of master Robert Siodmak. From the initial long scene, with an aerial view of Los Angeles reaching a spot in a parking area where Steve and Anna are having a conversation, to the conclusion of the story, there is no flaw in the script. Burt Lancaster has an outstanding performance in the role of a honest man obsessed with his former wife, who becomes criminal trying to regain the love of his fickle ex-wife. Yvonne De Carlo is also perfect and very beautiful, in the role of a cold and manipulative woman, being a perfect "femme-fatale". The black and white photography with many shadows is awesome in the DVD released in Brazil by the distributor Classicline, and the music score is simply perfect. In 1995, Steven Soderbergh updated this story with the excellent remake "Underneath". My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Baixeza" ("Lowness')


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