Crime

Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) Otto Preminger, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama

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Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon always wanted to be something his old man wasn’t: a guy on the right side of the law. But for a good guy, he’s awfully vicious. After several complaints over his roughing people up, his boss, Insp. Nicholas Foley, demotes him. Foley tells him he’s a good man, but needs to get his head on straight and be more like Det. Lt. Thomas, who has just gotten a promotion. Meanwhile, Tommy Scalise has an illegal dice game going and is looking to make a sucker out of the rich Ted Morrison, who was brought in by Ken Paine and his beautiful wife Morgan. She figures out too late her husband is using her as a decoy. Paine strikes her when she refuses to play along. The chivalrous Morrison intervenes but Paine knocks him out cold. That seems to be the worst of it, but later it turns out the guy is dead; and Paine looks guilty. Soon Dixon has fallen in love with Morgan – but not before losing his temper again and committing a terrible deed that he tries to cover up. Morgan’s father, a tale-spinning taxi driver, may take the rap for it. It’s up to Dixon to try to pin the blame on Scalise.
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Wild Target (2010) Jonathan Lynn, Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Action, Comedy, Crime

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Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice, Tony. Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.
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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Biography, Comedy, Crime

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Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.
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Mery per sempre / Forever Mary (1989) Marco Risi, Michele Placido, Claudio Amendola, Francesco Benigno, Drama, Crime

Mery per sempre (Marco Risi, 1989)
A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and motivate his handful of students, reading them colloquial poetry, encouraging them to stand up for their rights, finding out about their histories. Natale, in for murder, enamored of the Mafia, the King Rat within the group; Mery, a drag queen, arrested for assault when defending himself, in love with Mario and, in daylight, rejected by all; Pietro, illiterate, muscular, believing his destiny is set; the callow Claudio, vulnerable, learning to harden himself. What can Mario learn and do in such a short time?
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Les intrigantes / The Plotters (1954) Henri Decoin, Raymond Rouleau, Jeanne Moreau, Raymond Pellegrin, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Les intrigantes (Henri Decoin, 1954)
A stage director (Raymond Rouleau) becomes the prime suspect in the death of his assistant, who may or may not have been fooling around with the director’s wife (Jeanne Moreau). The wife helps her husband hide out from the police, taking over his responsibilities in the theater. Soon she is flourishing in the world of make-believe, and she has fallen under the spell of the duplicitous rat who started all of the trouble in the first place. Saving the day is the director’s good-hearted secretary (Etchika Choureau), who has long harbored a crush on her boss.
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Trance (2013) Danny Boyle, James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
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Fallen (1998) Gregory Hoblit, Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel.
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Rape Shot Momoes Lips (1979) Katsuhiko Fujii, Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Crime, Erotic

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Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?
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Wild 90 (1968) Norman Mailer, Buzz Farber, Mickey Knox, Crime, Drama

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This improvisational film is the first effort by author Norman Mailer. Wild 90 refers to the length of this talkative exposé wherein three mobsters are the only remnants of a once-powerful gang of crooks. The Prince (Mailer) and his two cohorts Cameo (Buzz Farber) and 20 Years (Mickey Knox) are holed up in a Brooklyn warehouse hiding out from the police. They are visited by Kid Cha Cha (ex-prize fighter Jose Torres) and a police Lieutenant (magazine publisher Dick Adler). Mailer does an excellent job of acting, adding non-acting friends from real life to give the film an art-house flavor. In between the inactivity are some genuinely comedic passages and dialogue. Mailer, as do many independent filmmakers, owes a debt of gratitude to John Cassavetes who pioneered this style of film. Mailer, Farber and Knox would often spend time in local New York coffee shops where they would pretend to be gangsters, hence the idea for the story and film.
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Les Félins / Joy House (1964) René Clément, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Lola Albright, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionaires with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts.
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Gambling House (1950) Ted Tetzlaff, Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow’s I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered deported by immigration authorities unless he can convince the judge to let him stay. After meeting volunteer worker Lynn Warren his tough guy exterior begins to soften as he follows her through her efforts to settle a family of European refugees. Events lead to a dramatic conclusion as Farrow welches on his deal with him and Fury attends his final deportation hearing.
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