Crossfire

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Crossfire Review


Wildly overrated, Crossfire was nominated for Best Picture in its day with its presumably scandalous look at a murder carried out because its victim was Jewish and the murderer was a G.I. back from World War II, looking for kicks -- and if it rubs out a Jew, well, all the better.

Religious intolerance wasn't a new idea in the movies of the 1940s, but for some reason Crossfire has been singled out as making something unique out of this tale. I'm baffled as to why: Today the movie seems pat, with a curious setup but a drawn-out hour of investigation that looks like a schoolyard game of C.S.I. by today's standards.

A trio of Roberts take center stage: Bobs Young and Mitchum are heading up the investigation, and Bob Ryan is the prime suspect -- at least as we see it. While Young and Mitchum debate the apparent innocence of Ryan, the policework grinds toward a final suspect using random interviews, coincidence, and a variation on the good old "but I never said he was poisoned!" trick.

The blacklist beckoned many who worked on the film because, ya know, it was just too dangerous, but it looks decidedly tame today. Imagine what would have happened if the book's original plotline -- in which a man is murdered because he's a homosexual -- had been left in.

Based on the book The Brick Foxhole.



Crossfire

Facts and Figures

Run time: 86 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 22nd July 1947

Distributed by: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES

Production compaines: ProSiebenSat.1 Media GmbH

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Producer:

Starring: Susanne Schäfer as Anna Schilling, as Ernst Hoffmann, Michael Greiling as Helmut Müller, Raynor Scheine as Vogel, Mark Kuhn as Kurt Brecht, as Emma Hoffmann, Dominique Alter as Karl Hoffmann, Sebastian Kalhammer as Rudy Spath, Klaus-Peter Bülz as Gert Moreth

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