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directed by Robert Siodmak
U.S.A. 1949


Robert Siodmak was one of the most influential stylists of the 40s, helping to create, in films such as Phantom Lady and The Killers, the characteristic look of American film noir. But most of his films have nothing more than their pictorial qualities to recommend them--Criss Cross being one of the few exceptions, an archly noir story replete with triple and quadruple crosses, leading up to one of the most shockingly cynical endings in the whole genre.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's review at the Chicago Reader located HERE

A film noir which has Lancaster (reprising his fall-guy role from Siodmak's earlier film The Killers) as Steve, brooding over his divorce from good-time girl Anna (De Carlo) and getting a job driving an armoured car. After finding out that his ex-wife is involved with gangster Slim Dundee (Duryea) he begins a clandestine affair with her, believing that they will be reunited once more. Obsessed with getting Anna back at any price, Steve makes plans for an armored car robbery that will include Slim. Anna and Steve plot to double-cross Slim over the takings, but as the title suggests ... A gem.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: 12 January 1949

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DVD Review: Universal Studios - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:27:33

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.56 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles English (hoh), Spanish, French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Trailer (2:20)

DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Chapters 18

Comments Very strong image from Universal on this under-rated Film Noir. Excellent detail with negligible amounts of digital noise. Contrast is exceptional - and it's always a delight to see a dark film - look dark with no brightness manipulation. Shadow detail is pristine. Very little, if any damage. The overall quality is a full notch above anything at this price range. Bare bones, save an un-restored trailer, with optional English subtitles (plus French and Spanish) - this is a highly desirable film - and the price is a no-brainer bargain. We strongly recommend! out of  

NOTE: In his first film an uncredited Tony Curtis is seen dancing with Yvonne DeCarlo!

 - Gary Tooze



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