Crime Wave (The City is Dark)
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Crime Wave (The City is Dark)
A car with two men visible in it pulls up to a Los Angeles service station at night, with a single attendant (Dub Taylor) working. As he starts to pump the gas, he doesn't see the third man come around the side until it's too late and he's knocked cold. The trio carries out their robbery but before they can finish, a motorcycle cop rolls up. A gun battle ensues, and one of the robbers is shot, as is the police officer. Now a manhunt is on for the trio, all escapees from San Quentin who were making their way south; the other two give the wounded man enough money to get to the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sense of human vulnerability against hard architecture suggests Lang on a shoestring, but the bleak humanism is all De Toth's"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A neorealist noir gem."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Visually brilliant film noir."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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.""
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A nasty little masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This low-budget B-flick was very entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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