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The Penalty (1920)

The Penalty

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1920 Wide

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 497

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Movie Info

In one of Lon Chaney's most famous roles, he plays a criminal whose legs are accidentally amputated by a doctor in a botched operation. In order to gain the power to revenge himself on the doctor, he lets nothing step in his way to becoming the leader of the San Francisco criminal underground.

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 8, 2005
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for The Penalty

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

Demonstrates the wonder and value of pre-digital moviemmaking: For all intents and purposes, Chaney *is* a legless man in 'The Penalty,' and the film is a documentary record of this impersonation.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus.

May 9, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance.

Full Review… | October 16, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney

July 18, 2003
Blunt Review

The reason the film still works instead of surviving merely as a somewhat hysterical anti-communist message film is Lon Chaney's performance.

Full Review… | November 11, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Penalty

½

This movie was very predictable, but Cheney does a great job as usual in his strange role of a criminal kingpin without legs. The romantic part of it was good too, although sometimes unintentionally funny. But then the ending was really very sad. Overall it was pretty good, but it could have been better.

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