Act of Violence (1949)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller


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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.


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  • Janet Leigh and Robert Ryan in Act of Violence (1949)
  • Van Heflin and Janet Leigh in Act of Violence (1949)
  • Van Heflin and Robert Ryan in Act of Violence (1949)
  • Mary Astor and Van Heflin in Act of Violence (1949)

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30 August 2001 | bmacv
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| Ryan, Heflin as hunter and prey in look at WWII's dark aftermath
This grim look a couple of demobbed soldiers continuing their private war at home rarely get mentioned in lists of essential noirs; maybe, upon release in 1949, it was just a little too close for comfort -- hinting a truths the victorious American public were unwilling to acknowledge. If so, the film has yet to be rediscovered --or reappraised. Van Heflin is living out the modest American dream in sunny California when into his life strides an old combat buddy, Robert Ryan (at his most menacing, which is nothing to sneeze at). To his wife's (Janet Leigh's) consternation, Heflin takes it on the lam, and slowly we learned what happened, or may have happened, over in a POW camp in the European Theater of War. As Heflin's flight takes him into seedier and more sinister surroundings, he links up with Mary Astor, living on the vague border of prostitution. (After helping to launch the cycle with her spectacular turn as Brigid O'Shaugnessey in The Maltese Falcon, Astor appeared in disappointingly few film noir; her expert performance here makes one wonder why, why, why?) Though the script opts for a strange and bitter "redemptive" ending, the acrid taste of Act of Violence lingers long.

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