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The murder mystery is straightforward and there's little doubt about who the killer is. We know a man named Samuels (Sam Levene) has been beaten to death. We know the suspect, Corporal Arthur Mitchell (George Cooper) is one of four recently discharged soldiers who met him in a bar. We know one of the four is a big, edgy guy, Sergeant Montgomery (Robert Ryan), who laughs too much and likes to verbally poke at people he thinks are weak. The body is discovered, evidence points to Mitchell as the killer and police Captain Finlay (Robert Young) goes to work. One of Mitchell's buddies, Sergeant Peter Keeley (Robert Mitchum) doesn't think Mitchell could be a killer. In a cautious way he starts working with Finlay to establish an alibi for Mitchell, and then to concentrate on Montgomery. One of the biggest issues is what could Montgomery's motivation be. It turns out Montgomery doesn't like civilians, doesn't like "hillbillies," and hates Jews. He's a bigot. When Montgomery complains about "those kinds of guys", Finlay asks, "What kind of guys?"
"You know the kind." Montgomery says. "Played it safe during the war, keepin' themselves in civvies, nice apartments, swell dames...you know the kind."
"I'm not sure that I do.Read more ›
Shot entirely at night, the film oozes style, tension and atmosphere, enhanced with the use of camera techniques by director Edward Dmytrek. Although the film is rather talkie, it does manage to hold the viewers attention throughout. It was also the first film to explore the implications of Racial Bigotry.
Superbly cast with Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and the lovely Gloris Grahame film makers and actors in those days showed what could be achieved on low budgets.
Much of the picture as I have said, is rather dark but clear, although print does show its age in certain scenes. Sound is mono, but alright on a Home Cinema System switched to Normal Stereo Channels.
There's an element of Ealing Films to the gang of soldiers teaming together to get their buddy out of a fix (you could almost see that aspect as a blueprint for Hue and Cry), but the atmosphere is pure RKO noir.Read more ›
Two particularly striking things about Crossfire are the film’s intimate, claustrophobic and exaggeratedly dimly-lit (courtesy of cinematographer J Roy Hunt) settings (we literally never see anything resembling the light of day!) and its character- (there are at least 10 intriguing and well-drawn characters here) and vignette-driven plot (I lost count of the number of interesting two-hander scenes there are) – indeed, the film’s lack of 'action’ might turn some people off, but, for me, its 82-minute duration is totally engaging with hardly a second of 'flab’. As to plot, it could hardly be simpler – Robert Ryan’s (not so) 'crypto-fascist’ Montgomery murders a Jew he (and fellow ex-army colleagues) happen upon in a bar, then tries to incriminate insecure fellow soldier George Cooper’s Mitchell, whilst Robert Young’s suave detective Finlay attempts to uncover the truth, and Robert Mitchum’s ambivalent Sergeant Keeley consoles Mitchell.Read more ›
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This a classic film noire that deals with the still controversial topic of antisemitism. First rate acting all around...and this is a pretty decent print too.Published 1 month ago by Claude VW
one of my favourite actors ryan dominates in a brave unsympathetic role.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
good film if one could see it without turning the brightness up to fullPublished 4 months ago by dereck brodie
Didn't hold my interest enough - mainly because of the bad acting and the lack of tension and suspense.I guess it hasn't aged well even if the plot is somehow still relevant today.Published 14 months ago by Nice_Lieutenant