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7.4

Crossfire (1947)

Crossfire
Running time: 85 min. | Genre: Black cinema, Mystery
Crossfire

Synopsis

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.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Director (Edward Dmytryk)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Robert Ryan)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame)
NOMINATED
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Adapted Screenplay
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Picture
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Crossfire

Director

Producer

Running time

85 min.

Screenwriter

John Paxton (Novela: Richard Brooks)

Music

Roy Webb

Cinematography

J. Roy Hunt (B&W)

Year

1947

Country

Ranking

IMDb
7.4

 

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