Video Release: January 6, 2004
Theatrical Release: 1994
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Originally in English
- Released in English
In this cerebral remake of the 1949 film noir gem "Criss Cross," director Steven Soderbergh has renounced melodrama and suspense to create instead an art film with the emotional weight of Greek tragedy. The film weaves three time frames together: in the present, Michael Chambers returns to Austin, Texas to track down an old flame; in the past, he leaves town to escape some gambling debts; and in the future, he teams up with his old flame's new beau to rob a bank. Soderbergh handles the material so deftly that the viewer is left to question whether it is fate or personal responsibility that drove the characters to their ends.
A charming drifter returns to his hometown and launches a scheme to pull off an armored car heist and rekindle his passion for his ex-wife, who's engaged to a mob-connected nightclub owner. An updated version of the 1948 Burt Lancaster film, "Criss Cross," based on the novel by Don Tracy.
Produced by Populist Pictures, Inc.
Shot on location in Austin, Texas.
Released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles April 7, 1995.
Additional credits: Robin Brown, Christopher Porter (additional camera operators); Bobby Sargent (stunt co-ordinator).
Copyright 1994 Universal City Studios, Inc.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.