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Police Lt. Diamond is told to close his surveillance of suspected mob boss Mr. Brown because it's costing the department too much money with no results. Diamond makes one last attempt to uncover evidence against Brown by going to Brown's girlfriend, Susan Lowell. (imdb)

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1. Film Noir (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 47 stars)
2. Features under 91 minutes (public: moderated by epiphany - 37 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures 250 Quintessential Noir Films (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 30 stars)
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May 21 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
73 60%
May 05 elmakebabi elmakebabi
65 47%
May 03 dragos
80 86%
Mar 09 scottmcc scott.mcc
70 63%
Feb 17 coldesser
80 73%
Jan 24 DLawrence
89 92%
Jan 17 M-B-M
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75 61%
Dec 28, 2017 mathiasa
70 77%
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85 67%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
70 69%
Nov 17, 2017 teaty666 teaty666
70 88%
Nov 01, 2017 sebby sebby
65 50%
Oct 11, 2017 Nomad175 Nomad175
3 33%
Oct 10, 2017 Broony
77 32%
Jul 23, 2017 clairest
96 73%
Jul 15, 2017 dean_
8 56%
Jul 04, 2017 DeLarge DeLarge
70 3%
Jun 17, 2017 DuncanRamage
50 12%
The absolutely beautiful use of lighting doesn't pull the film away from the poorly motivated protagonist and the stilted acting by the secondary characters, but it's by no means a poor film.
May 31, 2017 CHIMP CHIMP
77 70%
May 20, 2017 barryegan
90 76%
May 12, 2017 HillJackBob
70 61%
Mar 04, 2017 davma
60 44%
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
80 81%
Feb 23, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
74 91%
Feb 17, 2017 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Jan 23, 2017 Buff
40 43%
Dec 06, 2016 Maaxwell Maaxwell
75 67%
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
75 37%
Nov 23, 2016 Ronin22
66 77%
Nov 22, 2016 cripplehorse cripplehorse
59 50%
Nov 08, 2016 zomgmouse
60 14%
Nov 06, 2016 Timon88 Timon88
72 69%
Fascinating. Full of all manner of odd touches--strange acting choices, scenes that end so abruptly it's momentarily disorienting, and not least being the two inseparable hitmen that are clearly lovers. Some of it works, and some of it really doesn't, but it holds your interest. The classic noir look of the film is beautiful.
Oct 31, 2016 jerrywarton
72 77%
Oct 06, 2016 Dominoes1992 Dominoes1992
90 67%
Aug 11, 2016 mddthedoc mddthedoc
70 58%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 29%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
70 69%
Apr 30, 2016 rollsroyce
42 23%
Apr 08, 2016 Mencius
80 62%
Mar 03, 2016 kubrickvari kubrickvari
62 43%
Feb 27, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
15 73%
Star Rating: ★★★★
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74 83%
Feb 08, 2016 pmcinern pmcinern
100 97%
Jan 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39 81%
Dec 11, 2015 Peeperkorn41
70 36%
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70 70%
Nov 28, 2015 bluestblues bluestblues
6 24%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
90 93%
Nov 12, 2015 CRM_114
80 77%
Oct 17, 2015 jpmarchant
89 40%
Sep 29, 2015 dormice dormice
75 55%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
60 43%
Sep 20, 2015 henrybr
77 62%
Aug 24, 2015 Patatuela
70 49%
Jul 20, 2015 thirdeye42
75 65%
Jul 19, 2015 bensonmum2
80 84%
Jul 05, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100 93%
Jun 20, 2015 porzano porzano
76 90%
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84 71%
May 29, 2015 bejonsson bejonsson
80 48%
May 18, 2015 dglink
70 32%
May 16, 2015 chmulcr0n chmul_cr0n
73 67%
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
80 83%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70 37%
Apr 22, 2015 Lonewolf2003
65 24%
Apr 10, 2015 lisko
70 59%
Apr 06, 2015 mb9607
80 %
Apr 01, 2015 10kfilms
80 76%
Mar 29, 2015 inmate inmate
88 89%
Mar 20, 2015 iabpup
90 62%
Mar 05, 2015 kerolayn kerolayn
75 41%
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70 46%
Jan 12, 2015 SickForay SickForay
75 66%
Jan 08, 2015 Sane
55 24%
Dec 15, 2014 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
70 62%
Dec 14, 2014 felixm85
80 64%
Dec 08, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90 93%
Nov 25, 2014 hereslucas lucbapt
81 53%
Oct 12, 2014 ecalder ecalder
57 39%
Oct 02, 2014 plantedtrees
80 56%
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
70 40%
Sep 17, 2014 angela79at
90 94%
Sep 15, 2014 Lilarcor Lilarcor
84 79%
Sep 12, 2014 Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
86 97%
Aug 26, 2014 Henrik Henrik
70 56%
Jun 15, 2014 katsuben
4 65%
May 29, 2014 KTK
2 %
Apr 11, 2014 EmeraldGuard EmeraldGuard
90 80%
Mar 19, 2014 Paudie Paudie
70 78%
Mar 05, 2014 tyoda
60 66%
Dec 02, 2013 jos21
65 46%
Nov 03, 2013 Oliveira Oliveira
86 85%
Oct 27, 2013 dissolve
8 81%
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70 63%
Oct 06, 2013 krf7 krf7
88 81%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60 33%
Aug 28, 2013 Barkinson
60 62%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
70 68%
Jul 14, 2013 soraxtm
70 48%
Jul 09, 2013 KTP KTP
64 67%
Jun 23, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
73 72%
Gotham movie without Batman. It's a perfect gangster movie more than just a film noir.
May 08, 2013 filmcricket
67 67%
Mar 30, 2013 axarca
87 26%
Mar 26, 2013 toro913
55 48%
Mar 14, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
70 60%
Mar 13, 2013 darkman darkman
76 68%
Mar 06, 2013 jewellrunner jewellrunner
75 61%
Feb 11, 2013 Jazzaloha
64 41%
Decent film. I realize this is a noir, but they seemed to go a little overboard on the lack of lighting in some of the scenes. (ps: 68)
Dec 24, 2012 Allan_Kardec Allan Kardec
90 32%
Nov 19, 2012 Ronin21
71 38%
Oct 09, 2012 kastenm kastenm
46 7%
Sep 27, 2012 revolverjgw
83 52%
Sep 25, 2012 Simon M.
75 50%
Aug 30, 2012 TonyS.
87 93%
Aug 27, 2012 Rozmarin Rozmarin
90 77%
Aug 05, 2012 Piglet Piglet
71 65%
Jul 28, 2012 Mochard Mochard
68 77%
Jul 23, 2012 filmaffinity filmaffinity
72 86%
Jul 23, 2012 OneLouder One_Louder
50 17%
Jun 21, 2012 green_man Edson Abas
87 93%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
76 82%
May 30, 2012 lotr_sam0711 lotr-sam0711
70 42%
May 21, 2012 nrm5
47 23%
Apr 19, 2012 verbals verbals
79 65%
Apr 10, 2012 k.van.
10 83%
Apr 03, 2012 Mawazh Mawazh
80 70%
Mar 18, 2012 Weafdog Weafdog
40 58%
Mar 16, 2012 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
Mar 09, 2012 BigEvil Nathan S
3 49%
I normally don't think much of Richard Conte, but he plays it up here as a ruthless villain. It's an unusually violent film for its time, with a high body count and even an unorthodox torture scene. John Alton's cinematography is the usual low-key, moody stuff you expect. A good film, but lacking the moral ambiguity or psychological tension that is usually required of noir.
Feb 25, 2012 Luna6ix Luna6ix
78 63%
the whole noir lighting definitely shows through, but the entire movie here looks like it's overexposed. i enjoyed the movie, even if there's a bit of over acting here and there (except for conte, he was awesome). it's got a pretty decent story and the bottom line is that there's a whole heck of a lot of worse noir movies out there, even if this isn't the best.
Feb 19, 2012 gam01 gam01
70 54%
Jan 03, 2012 The_Goat The Goat
75 62%
Dec 24, 2011 renokunz renokunz
86 71%
Dec 20, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
66 79%
Dec 17, 2011 norvaljones norval_jones
84 81%
Nov 09, 2011 Noblet Noblet
83 78%
The script is nothing special (except for a few good lines and exchanges), but at least the cast sells it well. The cinematography is what really makes this film shine. I guess I just like good looking noir movies so much that I can excuse the weaker aspects of the film.
Oct 31, 2011 pl_
55 8%
Oct 28, 2011 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
3 43%
Fun, but I thought it was kind of overcooked. The plot is pretty twisty but feels arbitrary, with some rather abrupt reveals and shifts. I did really enjoy Conte as the villain, though. As far as the cinematography goes, Netflix's version was pretty soft, so I probably didn't get to see the film in its best light (pun intended). I'll have to revisit it when a better version is available.
Oct 24, 2011 OwenE73
73 78%
Sep 18, 2011 cinemahell cinema_hell
80 62%
Sep 12, 2011 Exidor
70 44%
Sep 09, 2011 mosesismoses
78 48%
Jul 27, 2011 afx237vi afx237vi
85 90%
On the darker end of the noir spectrum, this is gritty, violent stuff. The torture scene with the hearing-aid is truly chilling. In certain respects it reminded me of HBO's The Wire. Wilde's character could be Jimmy McNulty's grandad... an obsessive, self-destructive personality with a penchant for booze and cheap sex, determined to bring down one man, no matter what the cost. I'd be surprised if David Simon hasn't seen this. (Apropos of nothing: Holy crap, how gorgeous is Jean Wallace?!)
Jul 07, 2011 daisytuna
87 79%
Jun 24, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
89 92%
Excellent noir centered around an obsessed detective, played wonderfully by Wilde who really sells it without going over the top. It also helps that Richard Conte is great as his nemesis, a suave and smart man who shows few signs of being rattled until the inevitable end. Great pacing and a well executed ending to cap it off. The only weak point was the leading lady, Jean Wallace is attractive but not a strong actress.
Apr 18, 2011 Leland Leland
80 56%
Apr 18, 2011 joseywales joseywales
75 73%
Apr 18, 2011 gemtea
78 50%
Mar 19, 2011 NRM01
80 98%
Feb 20, 2011 alfstewart
80 58%
Jan 24, 2011 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
60 53%
Jan 06, 2011 hier91
80 15%
Dec 10, 2010 kreid
60 26%
Dec 06, 2010 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
7 85%
Nov 22, 2010 ari
92 98%
Nov 13, 2010 3rdman_ii 3rdman
7 52%
Nov 03, 2010 Valenzetti Valenzetti
84 68%
Fantastic. Wilde manages to (mostly) hold his own against Conte's imposingly smooth menace as a fraying, obsessed detective. Van Cleef and Holliman are equally memorable taking care of the dirty work. Alton's top-billing lighting. Bleak, unglamorous violence. There are just so many things right about it.
Sep 28, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
100 94%
Sep 02, 2010 jodamico jodamico
78 69%
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75 70%
Jul 16, 2010 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
93 97%
Excellent noir. It has a thick, moody atmosphere, assisted by shadowy cinematography. Conte makes a fantastic villain. The trail of corpses he leaves in his wake is impressive, and the film is pretty violent for its time. Wilde holds up his end as well, driven as much by his infatuation as his sense of justice. Wallace is rather weak, though her role is smaller than you'd expect. There's some wonderful supporting performances, especially Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman as Conte's henchmen.
Jun 10, 2010 Kopenhaver Kopenhaver
60 5%
May 23, 2010 Zoltan Zoltan
75 83%
Mar 10, 2010 margot margot
78 44%
Mar 07, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
67 48%
No, it's not a film about an extra-large Happy Meal, it's a hard-boiled chunk of pulp fiction directed by Joseph Lewis and artfully photographed by John Alton. Enough odd touches (over-the-top violence, homoeroticism, Conte's performance) keep this above average.
Mar 05, 2010 Coheed
70 60%
Its something to see for the lighting alone, which has almost always been exceptional what Film Noirs I've seen. What causes me to knock a mark off this solid piece of gritty B-movie is that, for a genre which used its morally grey worlds to demonstrate issues of morality more poignantly than hammering it into the viewer, the character of Lt. Leonard Diamond is prevented from being the flawed hero who fights crime by irritating soapbox rants about justice out of place in these films.
Feb 01, 2010 empire434
66 49%
Jan 30, 2010 Patryk
74 66%
Jan 25, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
88 78%
A low budget noir classic.
Dec 30, 2009 Mekka Mekka
35 3%
Dec 25, 2009 Blair Blair
78 28%
Dec 20, 2009 Razuna
78 55%
Nov 21, 2009 teeelless
70 57%
Oct 25, 2009 Theodora Theodora
72 53%
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
6 75%
Sep 27, 2009 KasperL KasperL
75 77%
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2 %
Aug 23, 2009 Storchcom Storchcom
82 60%
Jul 21, 2009 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
78 40%
Apr 12, 2009 imdb imdb
76 86%
Feb 25, 2009 febraro febraro
75 46%
Amazing cinematography. If it wasn't for the absence of a femme fatale and the underwhelming final 20 minutes, this would be the definition of the film noir genre.
Jan 13, 2009 Shmendrek Shmendrek
3 61%
Ostensibly film noir, but firmly grounded in typical Hollywood morality. The plot may be blasé, but the cinematography makes it all worthwhile. This film nails the noir aesthetic: even the shadows cast more shadows! Recommended for its visual impact.
Jan 12, 2009 Jeb Jeb
76 60%
What can I say, I'm a huge sucker for film noir....
Dec 19, 2008 excowboy
61 39%
Oct 24, 2008 digitalmonk
72 41%
Oct 18, 2008 undinum undinum
85 76%
Aug 06, 2008 goran
89 89%
Jul 29, 2008 meester meester
87 89%
Jun 23, 2008 allisoncm allisoncm
62 43%
Apr 30, 2008 Mango
4 34%
Apr 28, 2008 nminichino nminichino
70 67%
Apr 26, 2008 postmodifier postmodifier
60 39%
Feb 25, 2008 dr_radical dr. radical
61 69%
Feb 02, 2008 nuotio
60 66%
Jan 31, 2008 Dally Dally
75 52%
Jan 17, 2008 Sunsplitter
56 75%
Dec 06, 2007 welike
50 97%
Oct 27, 2007 Pingy
89 68%
Oct 01, 2007 tonydal tonydal
70 40%
Jun 30, 2007 KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
7 61%
Jun 25, 2007 supergloo supergloo
9 79%
Jun 07, 2007 syvyys syvyys
82 57%
Even if it is not as good as Gun Crazy it is quite a nice Film Noir with pretty remarkeble pictures - especially in the end. You can't expect more from a b-movie.
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