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  1. Aardsy's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Never fixed his tie once.

  2. Jason's rating of the film Crime Wave

    What distinguishes De Toth -- who at his strongest is arguably THE great peripatetic non-studio-contracted Hollywood workman director -- is his ability to make efficient, streamlined movies that though understated positively pop w/ dynamism. What he excels at are human characters, human milieus, and the marriage of the two. CRIME WAVE has the distinction of featuring Sterling Hayden at his absolute all-time best.

  3. Hyperion_333's rating of the film Crime Wave

    These 73 minutes coil and uncoil themselves with the sick inevitability of great tragedy but ultimately relent. Sterling Hayden's act of mercy would have been incredibly unsatisfying if delivered by any other actor.

  4. El Biffo's rating of the film Crime Wave

    '54 Noir that stands out from the pack - raw and vibrant. Cinematography, sound, direction - all the details perfect and no dumb mood/incidental music or anything superfluous, just cinema stripped down to its bare bones, something very unusual for Hollywood. Great L.A. location shots and creative, dynamic camera angles. Starring Sterling Hayden, with Charles Bronson and the inimitable Tim Carey.

  5. Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Crime Wave

    With Sterling HAYDEN Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, James Bell, Ted De Corsia and Charles Buchinsky (Charles Bronson).

  6. Log Lady's rating of the film Crime Wave

    A great mixture of realism and atmosphere. Hayden is great as the tough Sims and Nelson works well as a man who just wants to lead a normal life. As always, real locations add so much to the overall experience.

  7. Ingrid Bergman's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Andre de Toth gives this otherwise paint by numbers noir atmosphere and edginess.

  8.'s rating of the film Crime Wave

    WEEEELLLL, I'd like to push that toothpick down your throat. Hayden plays quite a convincing art-imitates-life kinda coppa in need of a good boppin'. Did Gene Nelson die and return as William H. Macy? Bronson is a babe. One never sees enough of Hank Worden on the screen, quite possibly because Hank Worden is rarely there.

  9. Christofer Pierson's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Almost documentary in the clarity of its vision. Beautifully filmed, beautifully acted, unsentimental little masterpiece of noir.

  10. Landen Celano's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Even through a routine plot, André De Toth's ruthless on-the-fly directing gives this film bite.

  11. T. J. Harman's rating of the film Crime Wave

    One of the best noir/crime films of its time. Sterling Hayden should be as big as Bogart or Mitchum, dammit. Nice early turns by Charles Bronson and Timothy Carey. Criminals in crime films didn't seem to look like real criminals except films from the 40s or small films from the 50s like this. This one really holds up.

  12. GENO#40's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Some of the best camera pans I've ever seen. Also- there's a great dolley shot in the bank, preceded by a daring car/handheld move. The team really nailed those shots. I've read that the film was made in 2 weeks. Darn good craft!

  13. Dave's rating of the film Crime Wave

    In the hands of a less talented director, Crime Wave would be little more than a formulaic, by-the-books film noir. André de Toth is an unsung titan of film noir. He made only two full-blown noirs, but both are true masterpieces. It is his skill that elevates Crime Wave to something better than a common police procedural.

  14. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Crime Wave

    Can be read with a McCarthy subtext (once a commie, always a commie, and the only way to make good is ratting on accomplices). Solid drama, in any case.

  15. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Crime Wave

    Nearly a masterpiece. For once, Sterling Hayden is brilliant. A Film Noir that should absolutely be rediscovered. Yes.