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100 Ratings

Cry of the City

Directed by Robert Siodmak
United States, 1948
Crime, Drama, Romance


Petty crook and cop-killer Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles’ allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment.

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Cry of the City Directed by Robert Siodmak

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1949 | Nominee: The Robert Meltzer Award (Screenplay Dealing Most Ably with Problems of the American Scene) (Screen)

Critics reviews

Stylised the film may be, but subtly, so that the plotting, places and people all feel real, and not merely movie tropes… I shouldn’t like to make too much of any resemblance, but as with the best of Scorsese, one does get the impression that Siodmak, here as in his marvellous debut People on Sunday (1930), displayed an unusually keen understanding of the world he was depicting.
April 17, 2015
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The beauty of Siodmak’s film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder. We love Tommy DeVito, but it’s because his villainy borders on the entertainingly absurd. Martin isn’t evil in the traditional sense; his drive for nihilistic self-preservation is nourished by an impulse to protect those who prayed at his bedside, despite all he’d done.
April 17, 2015
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