Crossfire (1947)

A landmark Hollywood drama for its sharp look at the touchy subject of anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S., Crossfire is set in a hotel just after the end of WW II and begins with the murder of a Jewish guest. The prime suspects are a trio… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1947
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Producer Dore Schary, in association with Adrian Scott, has pulled no punches.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A thematically articulate film.

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TV Guide

A classic.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

While the film remains a respectable thriller, only Ryan's crafty, quietly deranged performance lifts it out of the ordinary.

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James Agee
The Nation

Crossfire is an unusually good and honest movie and may -- I hope, will - prove a very useful one.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Time Out

This ultra-low-budget thriller did what all great B movies do: it broached a subject that 'respectable' movies wouldn't touch.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It has a very strong and powerful message against anti-Semitism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
When a Jewish man is beaten to death in a hate crime, police detective Robert Young finds his suspicions as to the culprit difficult to prove. Although it has… More
Michael Gildea
It's not quite noir but Robert Ryan as an anti-semetic psycho is worth the viewing
Cindy I
A man is found beaten to death in his apartment. The last people he was seen with were four soliders. One of them did it, but which one? Robert Young as a… More
John Ballantine
Another of the great film noirs of the period and also one of the earliest to take on anti-semitism. Roberts Young and Mitchum are tremendous.
El Hombre Invisible
A social commentary that pretends to be a murder mystery. Crossfire's main purpose is explaining prejudice or hatred of somebody just because they are a… More
Clearly antisemitism was a major issue in 1947, as two of the five Best Picture nominees from that year were explicitly about the subject. This and… More