Crime Wave
Crime Wave (1954)

In this low-budget crime drama a convict gets paroled and does his best to start a new life with his wife. He doesn't have much room to stray because a hard-as-nails detective, who despises all crooks and does not believe they can ever… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 6, 1954
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

The sense of human vulnerability against hard architecture suggests Lang on a shoestring, but the bleak humanism is all De Toth's

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A neorealist noir gem.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually brilliant film noir.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

If the maxim "crime doesn't pay" is noir's given, then Crime Wave spins it to answer "but virtue barely scrapes up a living wage."

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A nasty little masterpiece.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This low-budget B-flick was very entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
oft told tale but sharp as a razor here with sterling hayden, an actor of more presence than skill, giving maybe his best performance. rumor has it the film was… More
John Ballantine
Great film noir!
jay nixon
Unexceptional noir. Hayden is nothing if not consistent, consistently bad that is.
Michael Gildea
More heist move/crime caper than film noir. It starts off as one of those early "this is how policework works" half-assed documentaries but eventually… More