Detective Story (1951)
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This intense, harrowing drama focuses on an embittered New York police detective who discovers that the criminal world which he despises has compromised the past of his adored wife. Surprisingly realistic and frank for its time, this film is beautifully acted by a fine ensemble cast.
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Critic Reviews for Detective Story
Though not one of Wyler's best films (it's still a play), the drama is well acted by Kirk Douglas as the tormented and obsessive cop and Lee Grant as a juvenile delinquent.
Wyler não consegue escapar da origem teatral do texto, mas imprime energia ao filme, que também é beneficiado por uma atuação estupenda de Douglas e por ótimas performances de Bendix, Parker e Grant (em sua estréia no cinema).
Audience Reviews for Detective Story
My second favourite Kirk Douglas movie. He plays a detective perfectly, the dialogue is great, the rest of the cast is great, the story is exciting, and it all takes place in one day. One of my favourite movies.
Truly a performance based movie that really shouldn't be treated as anything else. While it lacks powerful direction and style, I don't think there was ever any intent to have either of those. You stay involved for the larger than life performance from Kirk Douglas as the most black and white cop to ever roam the streets of New York. You can clearly see this is better suited as a play and didn't necessarily need to make the jump to screen, but I'm pleased anyway.
Good solid film, somewhat dated. Eleanor Parker gives a lovely, delicate performance.
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