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Crossfire (1947)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 5, 2005

Budget $250,000

Running Time
1 hour, 26 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

Studio RKO Pictures

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Other Titles
• Crossfire (1947)
• Cradle of Fear
• Im Kreuzfeuer (1973)



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Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Drama, Suspense, Murder, Detectives, Thieves, Psychos, Police, Investigation, Society, World War II

Tagline: Sensational? No, it's dynamite!

Plot: This unusual and worthwhile black-and-white film noir was one of the first movies to deal with issues of anti-Semitism. A weary Washington detective (Robert Young) must get to the bottom of a seemingly motive-lacking murder, with the prime suspect a boozy soldier who can only vaguely recall the events of the night. The story really digs its heels into lots of postwar issues--how soldiers need a place to put all their violence once the war is over and the other problems of readjusting to civilian life. Robert Mitchum stars as a friend of the accused soldier who helps the detective solve the case.

Edward Dmytryk had already established himself as a fine noir director with MURDER, MY SWEET, made a few years earlier. Here he takes the shadowy, midnight world of desperate people and seedy dives and slyly turns it into a vehicle for the exploration of bigotry. The result is a quietly stunning, low-key classic. Young is especially good as the detective and gets ample help from Mitchum and Robert Ryan in this well-written, atmospheric drama.

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 Directed by
Edward Dmytryk
The Caine Mutiny, The Young Lions, Murder, My Sweet
 Written by
Richard Brooks
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John Paxton
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 Cast
Robert Mitchum
Cape Fear, Dead Man, Scrooged
Lex Barker
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Robert Young
Secret Agent, The Mortal Storm, Northwest Passage
Robert Ryan
The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock
Gloria Grahame
It's a Wonderful Life, Oklahoma!, The Big Heat
Paul Kelly
The High and the Mighty, Tarzan's New York Adventure, The Roaring Twenties
Sam Levene
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 Music By
Roy Webb
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