Criss Cross (1949)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

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  • Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo in Criss Cross (1949)
  • Yvonne De Carlo and Dan Duryea in Criss Cross (1949)
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6 July 2006 | bob_gilmore1
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| After repeated exposure, Criss Cross emerges as essential noir viewing.
Like many viewers I was initially disappointed by Criss Cross. Some have claimed it to be a poor imitation of Lancaster's debut in "The Killers" but after repeated screenings I find that my appreciation increases with each viewing. The rather direct flashback plotting, the excellent supporting work of Dan Duryea and the whole stable of Universal bit players contribute to a delightful film noir experience. It does lack the irony and richness of story of "The Killers" and can't compare to "Out Of The Past" but the dynamic between Lancaster and DeCarlo ranks as some of the best interplay in the genre, even if a bit one dimensional.

If you are new to the genre, Criss Cross is not a first choice. But as you work your way through the cycle this film represents one of the high points of the studio systems addressing this film-making trend with non of the drawbacks often associated with "B" films.

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