Body and Soul (1947)

Body and Soul




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Movie Info

This film focuses on pugilist Joe Devlin's desperate bid to become the world's greatest fighter. Unfortunately, the battle to the top causes him to leave his values and principles behind; though it leads him to success, ultimately it takes him on a tragic dive from which he never recovers.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Abraham Polonsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
United Artists



as Charley Davis

as Peg Born

as Anna Davis

as Shorty Polaski

as Roberts

as David Davis

as Arnold

as Roberts

as Drummer

as Prince

as Miss Tedder

as Jack Marlowe

as Victor

as Shelton

as Fight Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Body and Soul

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Trite is hardly the word for the plot, which was already wheezy by the time this minor classic was made in 1947, but Abraham Polonsky's script brings such tight, painful focus to the moral choices that it seems fresh and real.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Altogether this Enterprise picture rolls up a round-by-round triumph on points until it comes through with a climactic knockout that hits the all-time high in throat-catching fight films.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

If the movie works today, it's probably because of Abraham Polonsky's beautiful screenplay, a rich desert plate filled with glorious, lowdown street and sports prose.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky

Full Review… | April 23, 2011

Audience Reviews for Body and Soul

sure it's the same tired boxing cliches but polonsky's sharp dialogues and garfield's greatest performance made it well worth watching, for me at least. james wong howe wore skates and rolled around the ring shooting the fight scenes with a hand-held camera, creating a level of realism that influenced 'raging bull'

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


The original Rocky 2, complete with dying trainer

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another classic that often gets missed. It was probably the greatest fight movie until Raging Bull came along. A real hidden gem.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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