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99 River Street
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99 River Street

1953
Drama, Crime
1h 23m
Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. (imdb)
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72nd
83
The opening sets up the boxer angle well and it runs as an undercurrent throughout the film. It hinges largely on Payne's emotional ebbs and flows and he's certainly up to the task, running hot and cold throughout, with outbursts, introspection and a constant glint in his eye that tells you no matter where the film is at any given moment he's going to carry it through to the end. That reliance on emotion means that the powerful scenes don't fit together that well, but it's worth the tradeoff.
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84th
85
Phil Karlson again directs John Payne as a regular Joe getting framed, with a lot of punching along the way. I'm not quite sure how I feel about Evelyn Keyes. Sometimes she pulls off some good work, but there were also moments where she didn't seem that hot. Speaking of "hot", the movie gets pretty damn sexy. Nothing like you'd see today, of course, but quite suggestive for 1953. A really solid film that rolls along beautifully.
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90th
83
Hooked me from the first scene. What terrific punching.
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65th
70
A good noir with pretty great work by John Payne.
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81st
90
Gritty, sharply written gem helmed by low-budget workhorse Phil Karlson. John Payne's down-trodden protagonist has our sympathy from minute one to fade out, making the detours in the constantly thrilling plot that much more exciting, and the un-noir-like ending gratifying and well-earned. The cast is refreshingly eclectic, distinctive, real, likable and memorable, as is the nuanced night-world atmosphere, which is another equally well-realized character.
Avg Percentile 66.02% from 133 total ratings
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