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Directed by Robert Siodmak

United States 1949 88 mins. In English

Arguably the prototypical Los Angeles noir and featuring extensive location photography in the Bunker Hill neighborhood shortly before it was razed to the ground, CRISS CROSS sees Lancaster donning the role of Steve Thompson, an armored truck driver who returns to Los Angeles in an attempt to rekindle a relationship with his estranged wife Anna (Yvonne De Carlo). However, Anna has fallen for mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). Despite Anna’s new marriage to Slim, she and Steve carry on an affair, but when Slim catches them, Steve is desperate for an explanation: a risky heist involving all of them, the target being Steve’s own armored truck. “An archly noir story replete with triple and quadruple crosses, leading up to one of the most shockingly cynical endings in the whole genre.”—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader.

Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Appears in: Forever Burt