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We sometimes forget that South Korea, Australia and several other nations participated in the Vietnam War on the U.S. side. In this dark-toned war action film, Straker is an Aussie commando whose mission is to rescue his commander and other POWs from captivity. After many escapades, he finally meets up with him, and discovers that the man is suffering from leprosy. Then he has to fight his way back out of the jungle.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Producer Dore Schary, in association with Adrian Scott, has pulled no punches."
‑ , Variety
"A thematically articulate film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"a drawn-out hour of investigation that looks like a schoolyard game of C.S.I."
‑ Christopher Null,
"An intriguing combination of a common noir theme with the liberal-minded message picture."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Edinburgh U Film Society
"While the film remains a respectable thriller, only Ryan's crafty, quietly deranged performance lifts it out of the ordinary."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Crossfire is an unusually good and honest movie and may -- I hope, will - prove a very useful one."
‑ James Agee, The Nation
"Dealing with racial bigotry, this tense thriller combines a message drama with the stylistics of film noir, resulting in one of the best films of the 1940s, with top notch work from Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brave and impressive stuff."
‑ , Film4
"This ultra-low-budget thriller did what all great B movies do: it broached a subject that 'respectable' movies wouldn't touch."
‑ , Time Out
"Sutil como um touro numa loja de porcelana, soa implausível em sua trama e tolo na maneira com que prega o óbvio. Com isso, suas válidas intenções morais se tornam apenas infantis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It has a very strong and powerful message against anti-Semitism."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It would have been a much better film if it weren't for the censor: there is absolutely no question about that."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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