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  • Actors: Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters, Betty Garde
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: Black & White, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SKKCZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic film noir starring Victor Mature and Richard Conte. Cop killer Martin Rome (Conte) is recuperating in hospital after a shoot-out when he is approached by corrupt lawyer W.A. Niles (Berry Kroeger) and asked to confess to another crime to absolve Niles' client of any blame. The attorney claims that Rome and his wife Teena (Debra Paget) were involved in a jewel heist which left a woman dead, forcing police Lt. Candella (Mature) to investigate the allegations. But the lieutenant's task is complicated by his friendship with Rome's family, having grown up with the criminal who is now determined to prove his innocence.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
An Italian, a cop, he gotta make a speech.

Cry of the City is directed by Robert Siodmak and adapted to screenplay by Richard Murphy and Ben Hecht from the novel The Chair for Martin Rome written by Henry Edward Helseth. It stars Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters, Betty Garde, Hope Emerson and Debra Paget. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Lloyd Ahern.

They were once boyhood friends in New York's Little Italy, but now, on either side of the law, Lt. Candella (Mature) and cop killer Martin Rome (Conte), are on a collision course from which neither may survive?

Excellent and under seen film noir from 20th Century Fox who initially conceived it as a follow up to cash in on the success of Kiss of Death the previous year. Cry of the City may be simple in premise, that of a good versus evil chase like formula, with an extra edge added as Candella and Rome battle for the soul of Rome's younger brother, but what unfolds is a tough and uncompromising story painted vividly with style and atmospheric grace on a noir canvas by Siodmak.

Siodmak made no secret of the fact he was "uncomfortable" about coming out of the confines of studio noir productions into airy location filming, but the great man need not have worried, for here we get a perfect example of what he could achieve outdoors. New York thrums to the hustle and bustle of day time life, of transport duties and everyday mundane functions, only to then become at night a city crying to the tune of ghetto dislocation, where rain sodden streets, long shadows and emergency service sirens struggle to hide the corruptible and forlorn people shuffling about the place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patrick schoonvaere on 15 April 2015
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A welcome surprise from 20th archive print is very clear and sharp about two brothers a cop and a gangster
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Zoran Gonda on 13 Nov. 2007
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It is a shame that BFI releases this important noir with such poor picture quality, far below their other releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hardwick on 7 Mar. 2015
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Great film noir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philippe De Winter on 10 Jan. 2015
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excellent
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