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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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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Variety Staff

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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Sean Axmaker

The urban atmosphere of city traffic and the scuffed and worn authenticity of real storefronts and sidewalks gives the film a charge of realism but Siodmak forgoes docurealism for his beloved expressionist style.

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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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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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Sarah Boslaugh

the strengths of Cry of the City lie mostly in the strong performances ... and realistic evocation of life among the urban poor

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Peter Bradshaw

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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