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Crossfire Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum. Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Sam Levene

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CROSSFIRE, based on a novel by Richard Brooks, was directed by Edward Dmytryk in 1947.
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Joseph Samuels is found dead in his apartment. Three soldiers were seen talking to Samuels minutes before his death. Police Capt. Finlay will successively hear the testimonies of Montgomery and Cpl. Arthur Mitchell. As Mitchell was drunk most of the evening and is unable to remember with precision his evening's schedule, he soon becomes suspect number 1 of the murder. When Floyd Bowers, the third soldier, is found hanged in his hideout, Mitchell is arrested.

Sgt. Peter Keeley, Mitchell's best friend, knows that his pal doesn't have the nerves to kill someone and tries to convince Finlay of it but the policeman will solve the case alone. He'll finally understand that Samuels was murdered by someone who hated Jewish people.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murders of set profession?    -   soldiers Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C. Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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