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Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1949 (USA)
An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Don Tracy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Steve Thompson
Yvonne De Carlo ... Anna Dundee
Dan Duryea ... Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally ... Pete Ramirez
Esy Morales Esy Morales ... Orchestra Leader
Tom Pedi ... Vincent
Percy Helton ... Frank
Alan Napier ... Finchley
Griff Barnett ... Pop
Meg Randall ... Helen
Richard Long ... Slade Thompson
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... The Lush
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Thompson (as Edna M. Holland)
John Doucette ... Walt
Marc Krah ... Mort
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Storyline

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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"You always got what you wanted, Baby... Now you're gonna get him... for keeps..." See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gewagtes Alibi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Anna is playing the piano, she removes her hand from the piano for a short while but the music keeps playing. 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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Big Deal In L.A.
4 February 2003 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

It was only fitting that Robert Siodmak directed Criss Cross, as he had also directed the film's star, Burt Lancaster, in his first film three years earlier, and this one is Burt's farewell to noir and city suits, as he was about to begin his swashbuckling phase, and after that would don military uniforms and cowboy gear.

Criss Cross is basically a "big heist" movie, full of people double crossing one another with alarming frequency, and to such a degree that the story is often hard to follow. Yvonne De Carlo is the love interest, and Dan Duryea is an exceptionally nasty bad guy even for noir. The setting is L.A., and there is much excellent location photography that makes the movie a treat for people who want to see what the city looked like before half of it was bulldozed to make way for the highways.

There's nothing startling or especially new about this movie. It has a fine and somewhat eclectic supporting cast which includes Alan Napier and Richard Long, Steve McNally and Percy Helton. As in The Killers, there's a strong air of fatalism in the movie, more oppressive here, with a darker tone, and a more Germanic, almost Langian feeling of hopelessness.


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