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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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Dec 06 Fritz Fass
90T10
Nov 17 teaty666 teaty666
70T9
Nov 01 sebby sebby
65T5
Oct 11 Nomad175 Nomad175
3T5
Oct 10 Broony
77T4
Jul 23 clairest
96T8
Jul 15 dean_
8T6
Jul 04 DeLarge DeLarge
70T1
Jun 17 DuncanRamage
5T2
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 CHIMP CHIMP
77T8
Mar 04 davma
60T6
Feb 25 mCihhh mCihhh
80T9
Feb 23 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
74T10
Feb 17 joachimt joachimt
70T7
Jan 23 Buff
40T5
Dec 06, 2016 Maaxwell Maaxwell
75T7
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
75T5
Nov 23, 2016 Ronin22
66T8
Nov 22, 2016 cripplehorse cripplehorse
59T5
Nov 21, 2016 mathiasa
70T8
Nov 08, 2016 zomgmouse
60T2
Nov 06, 2016 Timon88 Timon88
72T7
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
72T8
Oct 06, 2016 Dominoes1992 Dominoes1992
90T7
Aug 11, 2016 mddthedoc mddthedoc
70T6
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70T6
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
70T7
Apr 30, 2016 rollsroyce
42T3
Apr 08, 2016 Mencius
80T6
Mar 03, 2016 kubrickvari kubrickvari
62T5
Feb 27, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
15T8
Star Rating: ★★★★
Feb 22, 2016 scottmcc scott.mcc
70T6
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74T9
Feb 08, 2016 pmcinern pmcinern
100T10
Jan 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
Dec 11, 2015 Peeperkorn41
70T5
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70T7
Nov 28, 2015 bluestblues bluestblues
6T3
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
90T10
Nov 12, 2015 CRM_114
80T9
Oct 17, 2015 jpmarchant
89T6
Sep 29, 2015 dormice dormice
75T6
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
60T5
Sep 20, 2015 henrybr
77T7
Aug 24, 2015 Patatuela
70T6
Jul 20, 2015 thirdeye42
75T7
Jul 19, 2015 bensonmum2
80T9
Jul 05, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100T10
Jun 20, 2015 porzano porzano
76T9
Jun 07, 2015 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Jun 07, 2015 Warren Warren
84T8
May 29, 2015 bejonsson bejonsson
80T6
May 18, 2015 dglink
70T4
May 16, 2015 chmulcr0n chmul_cr0n
73T7
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
80T9
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70T4
Apr 22, 2015 Lonewolf2003
65T3
Apr 10, 2015 lisko
70T6
Apr 06, 2015 mb9607
80T6
Apr 01, 2015 10kfilms
80T8
Mar 29, 2015 inmate inmate
88T9
Mar 20, 2015 iabpup
90T8
Mar 05, 2015 kerolayn kerolayn
75T5
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70T6
Jan 12, 2015 SickForay SickForay
75T7
Jan 08, 2015 Sane
55T3
Dec 15, 2014 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
70T7
Dec 14, 2014 felixm85
80T7
Dec 08, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90T10
Nov 25, 2014 hereslucas lucbapt
81T6
Oct 12, 2014 ecalder ecalder
57T4
Oct 02, 2014 plantedtrees
80T6
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
70T6
Sep 17, 2014 angela79at
90T10
Sep 15, 2014 Lilarcor Lilarcor
84T8
Sep 12, 2014 Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
86T10
Aug 26, 2014 Henrik Henrik
70T6
Jun 15, 2014 katsuben
4T7
May 29, 2014 KTK
2T5
Apr 11, 2014 EmeraldGuard EmeraldGuard
90T8
Mar 19, 2014 Paudie Paudie
70T8
Mar 05, 2014 tyoda
60T7
Dec 02, 2013 jos21
65T6
Nov 03, 2013 Oliveira Oliveira
87T9
Oct 27, 2013 dissolve
8T9
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70T6
Oct 06, 2013 krf7 krf7
88T9
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60T5
Aug 28, 2013 Barkinson
60T7
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
70T7
Jul 14, 2013 soraxtm
70T6
Jul 09, 2013 KTP KTP
64T7
Jun 23, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
73T8
Gotham movie without Batman. It's a perfect gangster movie more than just a film noir.
May 08, 2013 filmcricket
67T7
Mar 30, 2013 axarca
87T4
Mar 26, 2013 toro913
55T5
Mar 14, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
70T6
Mar 13, 2013 darkman darkman
76T7
Mar 06, 2013 jewellrunner jewellrunner
75T7
Feb 11, 2013 Jazzaloha
64T5
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
90T4
Nov 19, 2012 Ronin21
71T4
Oct 09, 2012 kastenm kastenm
46T1
Sep 27, 2012 revolverjgw
83T7
Sep 25, 2012 Simon M.
75T6
Aug 30, 2012 TonyS.
87T10
Aug 27, 2012 Rozmarin Rozmarin
90T9
Aug 05, 2012 Piglet Piglet
71T7
Jul 28, 2012 Mochard Mochard
68T8
Jul 23, 2012 filmaffinity filmaffinity
72T9
Jul 23, 2012 OneLouder One_Louder
50T2
Jun 21, 2012 green_man Edson Abas
88T10
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
76T9
May 30, 2012 lotr_sam0711 lotr-sam0711
70T6
May 21, 2012 nrm5
47T3
Apr 19, 2012 verbals verbals
79T8
Apr 10, 2012 k.van.
10T10
Apr 03, 2012 Mawazh Mawazh
80T7
Mar 18, 2012 Weafdog Weafdog
40T6
Mar 16, 2012 JooJoo JooJoo
4T6
Mar 09, 2012 BigEvil Nathan S
3T6
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
78T7
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
70T6
Jan 03, 2012 The_Goat The Goat
75T7
Dec 24, 2011 renokunz renokunz
86T8
Dec 20, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
66T8
Dec 17, 2011 norvaljones norval_jones
84T9
Nov 09, 2011 Noblet Noblet
83T8
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_
55T1
Oct 28, 2011 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
3T6
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
73T8
Sep 18, 2011 cinemahell cinema_hell
80T7
Sep 12, 2011 Exidor
70T6
Sep 09, 2011 mosesismoses
78T6
Jul 27, 2011 afx237vi afx237vi
85T10
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
87T8
Jun 24, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
89T10
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
80T6
Apr 18, 2011 joseywales joseywales
75T8
Apr 18, 2011 gemtea
78T6
Mar 19, 2011 NRM01
80T10
Feb 20, 2011 alfstewart
80T7
Jan 24, 2011 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
60T6
Jan 06, 2011 hier91
80T3
Dec 10, 2010 kreid
60T3
Dec 06, 2010 kyleloomis kyle.loomis
7T9
Nov 22, 2010 ari
92T10
Nov 13, 2010 3rdman_ii 3rdman
7T6
Nov 03, 2010 Valenzetti Valenzetti
84T7
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
100T10
Sep 02, 2010 jodamico jodamico
78T7
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
75T7
Jul 16, 2010 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
93T10
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
60T1
May 23, 2010 Zoltan Zoltan
75T9
Mar 10, 2010 margot margot
78T5
Mar 07, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
67T5
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
70T7
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
66T5
Jan 30, 2010 Patryk
74T7
Jan 25, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
88T8
A low budget noir classic.
Dec 30, 2009 Mekka Mekka
35T1
Dec 25, 2009 Blair Blair
78T3
Dec 20, 2009 Razuna
78T6
Nov 21, 2009 teeelless
70T6
Oct 25, 2009 Theodora Theodora
72T6
Oct 04, 2009 winds winds
6T8
Sep 27, 2009 KasperL KasperL
75T8
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2T6
Aug 23, 2009 Storchcom Storchcom
82T7
Jul 21, 2009 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
78T5
Apr 12, 2009 imdb imdb
76T9
Feb 25, 2009 febraro febraro
75T5
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
3T6
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
76T7
What can I say, I'm a huge sucker for film noir....
Dec 19, 2008 excowboy
61T4
Oct 24, 2008 digitalmonk
72T5
Oct 18, 2008 undinum undinum
85T8
Aug 06, 2008 goran
89T9
Jul 29, 2008 meester meester
87T9
Jun 23, 2008 allisoncm allisoncm
62T5
Apr 30, 2008 Mango
4T5
Apr 28, 2008 nminichino nminichino
70T7
Apr 26, 2008 postmodifier postmodifier
60T4
Feb 25, 2008 dr_radical dr. radical
61T7
Feb 02, 2008 nuotio
60T7
Jan 31, 2008 Dally Dally
75T6
Jan 17, 2008 Sunsplitter
56T8
Dec 06, 2007 welike
50T10
Oct 27, 2007 Pingy
89T7
Oct 01, 2007 tonydal tonydal
70T4
Jun 30, 2007 KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
7T7
Jun 25, 2007 supergloo supergloo
9T8
Jun 07, 2007 syvyys syvyys
82T6
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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