Crime Wave (1953)

Approved   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


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Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.


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6 June 2005 | jimmccool
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| Pulp Fiction Boiled Rock Hard
Simply one of the best hard boiled noir films I have seen. Sterling Hayden is, as usual, excellent, while a very young Charles Bronson is surprisingly good as a 'punk' hood. Seems to feature nearly all scenes as location, or hand-held camera and it seems at times like a particularly effective episode of a 50s TV cop show - except that the content is much more brutal and sharp. This is a dark, dark film both in storyline and in the quite brilliant photography. I'd really love to see this neglected classic come out on a restored print on DVD. Isn't it time Criterion updated their 'noir' list? This cries out for restoration and a re-release.

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