1947 | Drama | 86 minutes | English
Captain Finlay is called to investigate the beating to death of a Jewish man named Joseph Samuels. Finlay suspects the murderers to be Monty and Floyd, two demobilized soldiers who had been drinking with Samuels. Monty and Floyd implicate a third ex-soldier, Mitch. Sergeant Keeley, Mitch’s friend, decides to help with the investigation and clear Mitch. Mitch’s alibi was he spent the night with a pick-up, Ginny Tremaine. Back at the police station, Captain Finlay and Sergeant Keeley suspect anti-Semitism to be the motive with Monty as the prime suspect. Finlay and Keeley set a trap they hope will nab Monty.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 85%
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Ryan); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Gloria Grahame); Best Director (Edward Dmytryk); Best Screenplay (John Paxton)
National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (Edward Dmytryk)
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Crossfire is a frank spotlight on anti-Semitism. Producer Dore Schary, in association with Adrian Scott, has pulled no punches. There is no fol-de-rol as intermarriage or clubs that exclude Jews. Here is a hard-hitting film whose whodunit aspects are fundamentally incidental to the overall thesis of bigotry and race prejudice.
Mr. Dmytryk has handled most excellently a superlative cast. Robert Ryan is frighteningly real as the hard, sinewy, loud-mouthed, insolent murderer and Robert Mitchum, Steve Brodie, and George Cooper are variously revealing as his pals.
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