Crossfire

Crossfire

DVD - 2005
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A police captain methodically unravels the truth behind the brutal murder of an innocent Jewish man by a World War II soldier with a rabid hatred of Jews.

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TwilightBlue
Mar 09, 2018

If you like 1940s Film Noir - This movie is one of the best.

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Me_Tarzan
Feb 14, 2018

(*Favourite movie quote*) - "Hate is like a loaded gun."

Released in 1947 - "Crossfire" stars the 3 "Roberts" - That's Mitchum, Ryan, and Young.

"Crossfire" is probably the first Hollywood picture to actually explore racial bigotry - This time in the form of anti-Semitism. "Crossfire" also addresses post-WW2 issues of soldiers being released from military duty with no other training besides that of being servicemen.

Set in Washington, DC - A kindly, soft-spoken man named Joseph Samuels is savagely beaten to death (in his own apartment) by a drunken, recently demobilized American soldier simply because he was Jewish.

In a series of well-timed flashbacks the whole truth behind the story finally unfolds, escalating into a most brilliant climax.

"Crossfire" is an intelligent, well-crafted film with an excellent script and wonderful performances from a real top-notch cast, especially that of Robert Mitchum as Sergeant Keeley.

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bookie66
Aug 30, 2016

Good movie. Good acting.

7duffy Sep 03, 2014

I thought this was a film noir classic, but it's really is about hatred against fellow men for no reason. In the story, anti-semitism is depicted and Irish-Catholic predjudice is mentioned. Over arching principle is: there are people who will hate others because they are different. For some reason, they need a target to focus their hatred on. All the leads were great. Young was probably the best in his methodical, subdued, analytical manner. Ryan was great as the crazy Jew-hating GI, even though he just fought a war against Hitler. Mitchum is just Mitchum, cool and calculating.

voisjoe1 Jun 01, 2014

The film, camouflaged as a film noir, is really a rather early Hollywood treatise on prejudice in America. While the exploration of anti-Semitism seems to be the film’s focus, actor Robert Young points out that he is concerned with prejudice of all groups, as he brings up the fact that his Catholic and Irish grandfather was beaten to death by men who hated Irish Catholics. And Young discussed the American prejudice against poor whites (“hillbillies”). I have to give Hollywood kudos for engendering this discussion of prejudice, but I see some hypocrisy or blindness. The prejudice against African-Americans, the most endemic and pervasive even up to today after 400 years, is not mentioned. Yes, In 1948, Robert Young was not allowed to speak about prejudice against African-Americans (the invisible species). Well, the American nation still in 2014 is not discussing this topic. Oh, yeah, we talk about single dopey racists like Donald Sterling or Cliven Bundy, but we don’t talk about the systemic racial exploitation that still exists today.

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Monolith
Sep 09, 2012

An unconventional, groundbreaking noir for '47, in that it spotlights racism (anti-semitism, specifically) as a motive. Top shelf cast. Robert Young as I've not seen him previously. Mitchum was his invariably indifferent self, as usual. Ryan was detestable. All brilliant. Spunky Gloria Grahame was a spitfire. She was a definitive '40s 'dame' to me. Script, direction, sinister lighting (or lack thereof) -- terrific. FIVE STARS.

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Janice21383
May 24, 2011

Why do few modern actors seem like adult males? I think it's partly because our taste is for the boyish and the unthreatening. And partly because few actors had a life before show biz, unless the Mickey Mouse Club counts as life. Compare this to the three Roberts: Young, Mitchum, and Ryan. Before becoming actors, they variously boxed, hitchhiked the U.S., dug ditches, became traveling salesmen, and fought in WW II. Mitchum claimed to have been in a chain gang. Their life experiences make all the difference to the somewhat preachy Crossfire. Can you picture Johnny beating a man to death with his bare hands, or Leo tossing off cool one-liners and wearing his hat just so? Or Brad plausibly coming up with a clever plan? Shudder.

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Monolith
Sep 09, 2012

Police Captain Finlay: "...Hating is always the same, always senseless. One day it kills Irish Catholics, the next day Jews, the next day Protestants, the next day Quakers. It's hard to stop. It can end up killing people who wear striped neckties..."

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Monolith
Sep 09, 2012

Leroy (of Monty): "Captain, is he dead?" Police Captain Finlay: "He was dead for a long time. He just didn't know it."

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