Crime Wave
Crime Wave (1954)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 6, 1954
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
New York Times

By shuffling some standard ingredients with quiet competence, "Crime Wave," the new Warners film on the Holiday's screen, manages to look a good deal better than it is.

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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Andre de Toth's 1954 noir is gritty, powerful, and economically told.

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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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TV Guide

The title tells it all in this low-budget film.

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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