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Nightfall

Nightfall (1957)

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Commercial artist James Vanning (Aldo Ray) and his friend, Dr. Edward Gurston (Frank Albertson), are on a hunting and fishing trip in Wyoming when they stop to help two men whose car has crashed. The pair, John (Brian Keith) and Red (Rudy Bond), turn out to be escaped bank robbers, on the run with 350,000 dollars in stolen cash after a clean getaway, and they don't plan on leaving any witnesses -- Gurston is shot dead by Red, using Vanning's hunting rifle, but Vanning survives by accident,

Jul 6, 2010

Columbia Pictures

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The kind of pedigreed pulp that gets left off greatest-genre-hits lists yet still inspires motormouthed overpraising from directorial enthusiasts.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Not only a nifty late noir but a model of economical filmmaking -- well-sketched atmosphere, deft characterizations, and a 78-minute running time.

June 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A minor film compared to Out of the Past, perhaps, but no less gripping.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Crisply directed, scripted with gems of hardboiled lines and superbly paced, it's a film of darkness and light that ends up in the snowy mountains of Wyoming...

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
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In spite of that tantalizing potential, Nightfall will always just be a promising B picture.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Uneven thriller with some fine set pieces and beautiful photography.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Review Another impressive addition to Tourneur's filmography, and yet another noir with a cynical glint in its exquisite eye.

March 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Film4
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Splendid adaptation by Stirling Silliphant of David Goodis's 1947 novel.

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Nightfall

In "Nightfall," James Vanning(Aldo Ray) has a conversation with Ben Fraser(James Gregory), an insurance investigator, at a bus stop before deciding to go into a bar. There, he takes a seat next to Marie(Anne Bancroft, impossibly young), a model, and loans her enough money for a drink. They hit it off and agree to meet later which is a shame when John(Brian Keith, highly improbably young) and Red(Rudy Bond) come menacingly back into his life, really wanting to know where the money is which reminds Vanning of happier days, camping with his best friend Doc Gurston(Frank Albertson)in Wyoming.

As behooves any good film noir, "Nightfall" works much better in the shadows with its crackling dialogue than in the harsh glare of day. The movie starts well, dealing out clues methodically, especially Fraser's involvement. At the same time, it ably depicts the darkness lurking just behind 1950's conformity as the movie neatly seques between Vanning's lonely story and the domestic back and forth between the Frasers. There is also some fine location work for the time while the supporting cast fares better than the dull lead. Sadly, in trying to find a way out, the movie takes the easiest path in tying together the pieces too tightly for this sort of film.
June 8, 2012
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Average noir with some bright spots. Aldo Ray is a interesting actor, but has a tendency to smile too much in this film. He has a great look, but comes across as more of a teddy bear than a bad ass. Keith and Bond are great bad guys who dislike each other, but want to know where their money is hidden. Bancroft is just a pleasure to look at and has a great presence in this film. She and Ray have great chemistry, but fall in love too quickly and it seems a little tact on. Not a great film, but is still enjoyable.
June 22, 2010
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