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This drama was one of the first major-studio efforts to confront anti-Semitism (beating the Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement by several months), and it features a standout performance from Robert Ryan as a bigoted soldier on the run. Monty Montogomery (Ryan) is a violent and unstable soldier who, while out on a pass, goes on a drinking spree with three buddies, Floyd (Steve Brodie), Arthur (George A. Cooper), and Leroy (William Phipps). While boozing it up in a tavern, the four men meet Joseph Samuels (Sam Levene), and end up at his apartment for a party. Monty, however, has a fierce… More

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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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