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Criss Cross

Criss Cross

DVD - 2004
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An armored car driver is suckered into a burglary by his ex-wife and her hoodlum husband. Multiple back-stabbing and double-crosses ensue.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Video, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781417011605
Call Number: DVD F CRIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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✅ What's it called when you cross a double-crosser? "Criss Cross." This film has it all, great acting, particularly in the last scene, great photography of L.A.'s Bunker Hill area, a terrific score, and no naturalism. It comes across like a dream, everything is stylized and hyperreal, which makes it unforgettable. First-rate, cynical, pessimistic movie making, not to be missed.

Aug 20, 2015

An excellent noir with some verrrry young top shelf talent. I did a double-take when I initially thought I saw (a pre-established) Tony Curtis dancing with Yvonne De Carlo. An unexpected and satisfactory ending to a very good film.

Dec 12, 2014

Burt Lancaster and Vancouver’s own Yvonne De Carlo are amorous exes in Robert Siodmak’s dark tale of obsession and double-crosses. Returning to Los Angeles after wandering around the country Steve Thompson moves back in with his mother and gets a job driving an armoured truck. Against his better judgement he also begins dogging his ex-wife Anna, an opportunistic tramp who’s become a little too cozy with local crime boss Slim Dundee. As old passions are reignited Steve begins to see a new future with his former spouse—even after she unexpectedly marries the violent yet oh so wealthy Slim. Entering into a partnership with Slim, now his romantic rival, Steve plans to rob his own truck with the mobster’s help and then run off with Anna taking his share of the loot. Fate, of course, has other plans… Brimming with all the usual genre clichés—growling gangsters, sexy dames and smoking guns—and set to a pulsing rhumba beat (an unknown Tony Curtis makes a brief cameo as a dance hall gigolo) Criss Cross has all the makings of a film noir classic. Unfortunately a rather anemic script lacks crackle and the erotic potential between Lancaster and De Carlo fails to elicit more than a faint spark. But the handsome cast is easy to look at and the views of bygone Los Angeles are quaint.

7duffy Sep 05, 2014

Great film noir. Lancaster doesn't overplay it. Duryea is wise-guy threatening. Yvonne DeCarlo was a big surprise. A pretty face that can act. Much more than the Lily Munster I grew up with on TV. Direction was great. Story works. Overall, an entertaining movie to watch.

voisjoe1 Jun 28, 2014

Lancaster, DeCarlo, and Duryea star in a great Siodmark noir. In this film we get a sinister menage a trois that gets involved with a armed car robbery. The relationship between DeCarlo and Lancaster is blistering and ice cold at the same time. The film is based on a novel and was remade by Steven Soderbergh with a whole lot of modern touches now that the Hays Code has been dumped. Siodmark's ending is completely different from Soderbergh's (Hays Code may have forced Siodmark's ending or maybe Soderbergh just has a better imagination).

Weiland1 Jun 18, 2013

Good film noir, with good performances, especially by the main villain. Great photography, and good job of directing by Robert Siodmak.

Sep 25, 2012

In spite of its big-name cast and fine camerawork,1948's Criss Cross was somewhat disappointing and a less than riveting slice of Film Noir.... Set in Los Angeles, Armored Car Driver, Steve Thompson, gets re-acquainted with his less-than-trustworthy ex-wife, Anna, who's recently taken up with Slim Dundee, a notoriously jealous underworld thug.... At times this film has the feel of being nothing but a standard "Chick Flick" and it lacks the necessary grit and overall toughness required, in my books, to make it a real Noir gem.

Library_Dragon Mar 17, 2012

Underappreciated small noir gem. Lovely camerawork and nice lighting. Acting isn't bad either, and plot is nice and convoluted. Ends on a fatalistic downer, too, just as all noir should. Not bad.


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