Cry of the City
Cry of the City (1948)

The opening scene of Robert Siodmak's grim film noir depicts police lieutenants Candella (Victor Mature) and Collins (Fred Clark) observing wounded cop killer Martin Rome (Richard Conte) receive last rites. Though Rome recovers, he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Film noir doesn't get much murkier than Robert Siodmak's 1948 New York-set immigrant story.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Cry of the City may be strident at times but its message, story and players are thoroughly effective.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The sequences on the rainy, neon-lit streets of downtown Manhattan are brought off with exhilarating flair and the two men's closeup confrontations have power and punch.

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Variety Staff
Variety

It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

The beauty of Siodmak's film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder.

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TV Guide

Splendid on-location photography by Sersen and top performances from Mature, Conte, and the wicked Emerson make this a film noir must.

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Time Out

Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

In luscious blacks and whites, this film noir thriller takes place in Little Italy, New York, and is a precursor to the cinema of Scorsese, with a touch of Hitchcock in its affectionate embrace of man's dark side.

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Film4

The supporting cast is mainly wasted, with interesting characters quickly sidelined in favour of an impossibly complicated story, while a plot strand involving stolen diamonds just doesn't work.

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