• G, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Jules Dassin
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1947 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 17, 2007
  • Criterion Collection


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Brute Force Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Starring Burt Lancaster and cast against type Hume Cronyn, Dassin's first foray into noir is one of the bleakest and most powerful crime prison melodramas ever made, an existential chronicle that also serves as an allegory of American society at large

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

March 31, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 8, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

First rate all the way.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

April 8, 2008
Variety Staff
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Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Moralista, misógino e maniqueísta, este é um filme terrivelmente datado que tem como principal mérito o fato de ter sido fundamental para alavancar a carreira de Lancaster.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 18, 2007
Sean Axmaker

The title says it all in Jules Dassin's bare-knuckle prison thriller, one of the most brutal films about caged men ever made.

Full Review Source: MSN.com

April 26, 2007
Tom Milne
Time Out
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This is one of Dassin's best films.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Producer Joan Harrison, who seems to have profited from a long association with Alfred Hitchcock, and Director Irving Pichel have created mounting suspense which comes to a distinctly surprising and explosive climax as the jury brings its verdict.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 25, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Outdated prison film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

October 22, 2004


Flashbacks are used to enable the injection of love interests, but the still claustrophobic action and escape attempt make for an explosive climax.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2005

AV Club
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October 16, 2001
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