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Crime of Passion

1957 1h 24m Crime Drama List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 33% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
When newspaper columnist Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) meets cop Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden), the two quickly hit it off and get married. Kathy gives up her career and heads to Los Angeles with Bill to settle down. The homemaker lifestyle doesn't suit Kathy, however, and she becomes bored with her life and resentful toward Bill because he doesn't share her drive for success. She then secretly decides to make major moves to further Bill's career -- even if it means murdering his rivals. Read More Read Less
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Richard Brody New Yorker This acerbic film noir features Barbara Stanwyck in one of her greatest performances... Apr 14, 2020 Full Review Dan Callahan Slant Magazine This overlooked, subversive movie has a strong feminist message and an even stronger Stanwyck performance. May 1, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 3, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Jan 23, 2004 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A so-so noir melodrama, that can't overcome its limited script. Rated: C Jul 25, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Frustrating and unworthy of Barbara. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/08/23 Full Review Bill T INTERESTING, I wouldnt say all that SUCCESSFUL Film Noir about a independent woman giving up her journalism career for the job of a policeman's wife. Bored to tears of the responsibilities, she seems to do little things to move her up bit by bit in the police hierechy, beginning with a fender bender with the commissioner's wife. Things start to escalate, and so do the stakes! It all ends like film-noirs with Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden SHOULD end, but it's not quite as satisfying as it could have been, like the stakes (job advancement?) were'nt that high to begin with. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/01/23 Full Review Peter F Crime of Passion was a genuinely intriguing little film noir that I really wish would've been made about fifty years later. I just feel like a story and character study this psychologically disturbing could've had so much more impact with a different acting and cinematography style than what we got in the mid-‘50s. While I generally don't mind the mid-20th century acting and shooting conventions, for such a dark and dramatic subject matter, I feel like the film could've been so much better in the hands of a present-day filmmaker… David Fincher came to mind. With that being said, there were some things I did really love about the film—I thought the main character, Kathy, was a complex individual, an interesting take on the film noir femme fatale and the plot was really well constructed. The dark themes explored of settling down and trading a career for love and what is sacrificed in the process and what we do for the people we love… it really resonates, even in the 2020s, perhaps even better than it might've in the 1950s. All this to say—good, subversive film noir, definitely a great story with a complex anti-hero protagonist. Could've been stronger with different filmmaking decisions. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/22 Full Review paul d Gerd Oswald's Crime of Passion should have been better. It features three great actors and a spicy plot line. The problem is in the execution, because the screenplay has some jarring and unbelievable transitions. The first part of the film works well and establishes Barbara Stanwyck's intelligence, ambition and feminist independence, which is in synch with her later unhappiness as a suburban housewife and her creative plotting. But her love story, marriage and personal transformation don't fit the person we've just met. Neither does her spiral out of control. There is a clumsiness in the screenplay and direction that taint the final product for me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member OK noir with Barbara Stanwyck and Sterling Hayden. Wife pushes her cop husband to promotions. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Film noir starts out well then starts to disintegrate after an hour; Stanwyck is good in her usual "grasping female" role. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When newspaper columnist Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) meets cop Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden), the two quickly hit it off and get married. Kathy gives up her career and heads to Los Angeles with Bill to settle down. The homemaker lifestyle doesn't suit Kathy, however, and she becomes bored with her life and resentful toward Bill because he doesn't share her drive for success. She then secretly decides to make major moves to further Bill's career -- even if it means murdering his rivals.
Director
Gerd Oswald
Producer
Herman Cohen
Screenwriter
Jo Eisinger
Production Co
Robert Goldstein Productions
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 17, 2017
Runtime
1h 24m
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