Crime Wave (The City is Dark)
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Crime Wave (The City is Dark)
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 reform, keeps a close eye upon him. The trouble for the ex-con begins when three former prison mates bust out of San Quentin and head for his home where they want to hide out. One of the fugitives is a dangerous criminal and the ex-con fears for his wife and so agrees to hide them. Later the fugitives go too far when they try to force the hero into helping… 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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