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They Made Me a Fugitive
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They Made Me a Fugitive

1947
Drama, Crime
1h 18m
Gang member is made a patsy, escapes from prison and seeks revenge on those who sent him up the river.
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96th
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A bit more brutal than the average American noir, and ends on a more depressing note. Cavalcanti directs the film wonderfully, full of deep shadows and tight framing and dramatic angles. Trevor Howard is excellent in the lead, playing more of an anti-hero than his usual charming roles, but still sympathetic. The story is a noir standard and is done here very well, packing a lot of plot development into its 95 minutes. Terrific movie throughout, very dark and tense and cynical.
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92nd
89
Noir in every sense of the word, from the atmosphere, the dark cinematography, and the criminal underworld to the post war, broken moral compass commentary. It starts off very good and builds up slowly, but it's the final 20 minutes that thrust this into greatness. It's like Cavalcanti realized he had a great thing going and went all out, the cinematography gets just a tad better, the pacing gets ratcheted up a notch, and that final fight scene is astounding..
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21st
60
A bit overdone...and some fairly crappy acting throughout. The whole thing comes off like a British road version of one of those ripping-good crime yarns by the Yanks. Still, there is the occasional crackling/amusing exchange of dialogue.
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43rd
55
Sort of like a cross between The 39 Steps and Brighton Rock, only it lacks the energy of the former and the substance of the latter. Cavalcanti's direction is impressive and it has a very dark edge in places (that scene with the belt was pretty brutal), but there are other parts where it just feels like a pale imitation of an American noir. It's not bad, but I wasn't blown away or anything.
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77th
82
Other than having a dumb and ill-fitting title, this was a good movie, with the kind of moody cinematography I like. Trevor Howard was engaging. There was the typical noir never-faltering witty dialogue, for good or ill. Of course, if your wit falters in that line of business the wolves would probably devour you. Anyway, there's also nothing like the insufferable smugness of a British bad guy.
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