Underworld, U.S.A. (1961)

Underworld, U.S.A.





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A young boy witnesses the gangland-style execution of his father by four murderous thugs. The sullen and bitter young man grows up in an orphanage, a reformatory and a prison where his seething hatred for the killers intensifies. Once released, he is free to track down and exact revenge on his father's killers.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Sam Fuller, Samuel Fuller
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On DVD: Oct 27, 2009
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Tolly Devlin

as Cuddles

as Earl Connors

as Gela

as Driscoll

as Tolly at 12

as Woman

as Woman

as Prison Doctor

as Convict

as Vic Farrar

as Drunk

as Investigator

as Investigator

as Investigator

as Cashier

as Convict

as Newspaperman
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

... like the gangster figures of the 1930s, he sees only himself and the world around him and treats everything/everyone else as a stepping stone or an obstacle.

Full Review… | December 5, 2009

Even more so than its plot, the film is notable for its very stark, sharp black-and-white look; each shot almost feels like a paper cut.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Samuel Fuller's revenge crime thriller is shot in the same brisk and violent manner he shoots his war films.

Full Review… | February 26, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Underworld, U.S.A.


it started out kinda cheesy but i ended up liking this revenge thriller a good deal. cliff robertson plays an ex con who works his way into the underworld to get to the men who killed his father, then finds out getting out isn't as easy as he'd planned. there are some really cold-blooded scenes in this! i sometimes find fuller's style overdramatic for my taste

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "Underworld, USA", as a teenager Tolly Devlin witnesses his father being brutally beaten to death by four men and is able to idenify one of the men, Vic Farrar, but will not share the information with Driscoll(Larry Gates) from the district attorney's office. Tolly(Cliff Robertson) grows up to be a small-time thief who is in and out of prison. Eventually, he tracks down Farrar who is dying in a prison infirmary and convinces Farrar to give up the names of the other three men.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Underworld USA" is a good, solid movie about revenge and justice that is occasionally weakened by uneven acting.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"The Naked Kiss" starts out with a bald woman, Kelly(Constance Towers), delivering a beating to a man to get the $75 she feels is due to her. Two years later, with a full head of hair, Kelly gets off the bus at Grantville, pretending to be a champagne saleswoman as a front for her mobile prostitution business. She strikes up an acquaintance with the town sherriff, Griff(Anthony Eisley), and they spend the night together at his place but Kelly leaves in the morning. She finds other lodgings and starts a new chapter in her life.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]"The Naked Kiss" gets off to a great start but the film does not come into its own until late with a particularly disturbing scene. The movie is about the possibility of redemption and how people can change, given the chance.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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