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Detective Story (1951)

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Release Date: Nov 1, 1951 Wide

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Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play Detective Story was praised for its realistic view of an event-filled day in a single police precinct station. The film, directed by meticulous taskmaster William Wyler, manages to retain this realism, even allowing for the star-turn performance of Kirk Douglas. A stickler for the letter of the law, Detective James McLeod (Douglas) is not averse to using strong-arm methods on criminals and witnesses alike in bringing lawbreakers to justice. He is particularly

Oct 25, 2005

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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.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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).

April 6, 2006
Cinema em Cena

the film's histrionics haven't aged perfectly

October 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A classic film by William Wyler with memorable roles...

October 15, 2005 Full Review
Hollywood.com

Depressing

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Overwrought morality play.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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William Bendix is the best reason to see this yarn, a diverting story that never makes an impression proportionate to the talent of its cast and crew.

August 17, 2003
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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.
October 29, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
July 22, 2010
ythelastman89

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Good solid film, somewhat dated. Eleanor Parker gives a lovely, delicate performance.
July 24, 2008
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jay nixon

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Kirk Douglas succeeds in embodying all the strengths and fatal flaws of detective on the beat. It is an average day at the police station but one that is tremendously filled with drama.
July 26, 2013
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