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Criss Cross
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Criss Cross

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Director: Robert Siodmak, Burt Lancaster, Yvonne de Carlo, Dan Duryea

Cast: Robert Siodmak, Burt Lancaster, Yvonne de Carlo, Dan Duryea

 

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Burt Lancaster stars in this classic film noir thriller which has been given a simple release on DVD. Criss Cross has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French. The film's original trailer is the only bonus

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Burt Lancaster stars in this classic film noir thriller which has been given a simple release on DVD. Criss Cross has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French. The film's original trailer is the only bonus material included on this edition.

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Criss Cross doesn't quite live up to the standard of director Richard Siodmak's enduring noir classic The Killers, but the film is nonetheless full of the stylish atmospherics, sly plot twists, human frailties, and fatalistic attitudes that defined the genre after World War II. The film certified Burt Lancaster as one of the stars of the genre. In retrospect, Lancaster doesn't fit in with the hardboiled protagonists of Siodmak's films: he's too clean, too sincere, too nice, and perhaps that's why he branched out into different roles in the 1950s. Co-star Yvonne De Carlo also seems slightly inappropriate for the material, though she definitely looks the part of the femme fatale. The overall mood of the film, based on Don Tracy's novel of the same name, is aided by the ominous black-and-white cinematography by Franz Planer and the mercurial Miklos Rozsa score. Criss Cross was somewhat faithfully remade by director Steven Soderbergh in 1995 as the flawed but interesting The Underneath.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2004
UPC:
0025192549922
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
27,591

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Steve Thompson
Yvonne De Carlo Anna
Dan Duryea Slim Dundee
Stephen McNally Lt. Pete Ramirez
Richard Long Slade Thompson
Tom Pedi Vincent
Percy Helton Frank
Alan Napier Finchley
Griff Barnett Pop
Meg Randall Helen
Joan Miller The Lush
Edna Holland Mrs. Thompson
John Doucette Walt
Marc Krah Mort
James O'Reare Waxie
John Miller Midget
Tim Hawkins Boy
Robert Osterloh Mr. Nelson
Vincent Renno Headwaiter
Charles Wagenheim Waiter
Tony Curtis Gigolo
Beatrice Roberts Nurse
Isabel Randolph Nurse
Garry Owen Johnny
Gene Evans Guard
George Lynn Andy
Michael Cisney Chester
Robert Winkler Clark
Lee Tung Foo Chinese Cook
Ann Staunton Girl
Dolores Castle Girl
Diane Stewart Girl
Geraldine Jordan Girl
Kippee Valez Girl Friend
Vito Scotti Track Usher
John Roy Bartender
Kenneth Patterson Guard
Stephen Roberts Doctor

Technical Credits
Robert Siodmak Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Ted Kent Editor
Michael Kraike Producer
Boris Leven Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Just You and Me (Main Titles) [4:13]
2. Not Invited [5:48]
3. Glad to Be Back [5:27]
4. The Old Hangout [6:35]
5. Looking for Her [5:03]
6. Making the First Move [5:42]
7. Not in the Cards [5:55]
8. Why'd You Do It? [5:20]
9. Mind Your Own Business [4:27]
10. An Inside Man [4:56]
11. Laying Out the Job [7:11]
12. Perfect Timing [3:55]
13. Fouled Plans [3:16]
14. You're a Hero [4:46]
15. Do Me a Favor [5:46]
16. You're Coming With Me [7:05]
17. The Big Payoff [1:46]
18. End Titles [:19]

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Criss Cross 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Robert Siodmak¿s ¿Criss Cross¿ is a stylishly bleak, torrid and brilliant ménage a trois of shadowy intersecting lives in which all the multilayered plot entanglements are tainted with a threat of violence and ultimately lead to ruin and betrayal. Burt Lancaster is Steve Thompson, a love-struck mama¿s boy who returns from a one year sabbatical after his painful divorce from the love of his life, Anna (Yvonne DeCarlo) only to discover that Anna is eager to rekindle their love. The lure is not without its own subtext. Against his better judgment, Steve jumps into the deep end of the pool, so to speak, and once more, ignites his tawdry lust that ends miserably when Anna decides to better herself ¿ financially, at least ¿ by marrying mobster, Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). But Anna isn¿t quite ready to give up her playtime with her former husband. When the two are nearly exposed by one of Slim¿s bodyguards, Steve plots against Slim by saying that the two are planning on an armored-truck robbery, one which results in a maelstrom of greedy, godless passion from which no one escapes. Universal has done a magnificent job of remastering ¿Criss Cross¿ for DVD. The gray scale is very well balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are clean. There¿s a hint film grain and some age related artifacts. Also, some edge enhancement and pixelization, but none of these shortcomings distract from a visual presentation that is a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes. There are, unfortunately, no extras on this disc. Nevertheless, it is a good disc to add to your library of classic cinema.