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You Only Live Once Reviews

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rubystevens
rubystevens

Super Reviewer

August 1, 2008
quite good early lang and henry fonda and sylvia sidney have lovely chemistry together. it's an early 'lovers on the run' story, similar to ray's 'they live by night'. i don't really see how this isn't considered film noir except that it's just outside the time frame
AJ V

Super Reviewer

October 2, 2010
This movie reminded me of better movies from the 40s. It's an alright story and all, but I couldn't get into it, the dialogue was less than average, and so was the acting. Overall, not a great movie, but not horrible, it does have a realistic story.
jjnxn
jjnxn

Super Reviewer

July 13, 2009
Sad tale of a luckless man and the woman who stands by him no matter what. Of course the acting is very fine and the direction good but the hopelessness of the film makes it more something to appreciate then actually enjoy.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 29, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]In "You Only Live Once," things are finally looking up for three-time convict Eddie Taylor(Henry Fonda) upon his release from prison. Joan Graham(Sylvia Sidney) is in love with him and they plan on marrying once he is on the outside, even though her boss, public defender Stephen Whitney(Barton MacLane) has his doubts. But things do not start out that great. They are evicted from their honeymoon hotel once Eddie is recognized and he is fired from his job as a truck driver after being late on one run. Desperate to make the down payment on a house, Eddie meets up with his old gang...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Fritz Lang, "You Only Live Once" is a hardly subtle but riveting melodrama that that has aged very well in the decades since it was made. Serving also as a pointed examination of the criminal justice system and the death penalty, the movie has a special emphasis on the concept of reform and how hard it is for a former criminal to go straight. [/font]
jam233
October 30, 2009
Fritz Lang's amazing direction, the casting of Henry Fonda as an escaped convict and Sylvia Sidney as his wife make this film a real winner. Fonda does an amazing job. Sydney gives a very poignant performance. Well photraphed, excellent pace, moving and touching.
October 27, 2012
A depressing, ambitious picture directed by Fritz Lang shows how quickly can a life spiral out of control, with utterly grievous consequences. A small-time crook named Eddie is out of prison and marries his long-time love. Unable to find work he is constantly miserable and thinks that he left his wife down. On one day, a bank robbery takes place and Eddie is the prime suspect. Sentenced to death, he realizes that there is no other way of escaping his fate than resolving to violence. In the most climatic moment of the film a parole grant arrives at the prison warden's office. However - given the circumstances and his attempt to run away - mentally unstable Eddie doesn't believe the story. He kills the prison chaplain and becomes the real killer-on-the-loose. Along with his beautiful and loving wife and their newborn baby, he decides to run away out of the country and find peace somewhere far away.
You Only Live Once is a visually-striking depiction of one man's attempt at rescuing his own well-being from the disastrous effects of a faulty trail. Henry Fonda gives an incredibly convincing performance as the worn-out, antipathetic protagonist. Sylvia Sidney aspires to be a true Golden-Era star through her touching portrayal of an optimistic yet worried wife.
With its sombre atmosphere and bitter feel of irrepressible hopelessness You Only Live Once marks Fritz Lang's rise to fame during his American period.
May 16, 2012
The deck is stacked against Henry Fonda as an ex-con trying to go straight and coming up against stigma and reduced opportunities at every turn. Fortunately, he's got Sylvia Sidney to love and support him. However, things take a turn for the worse when he's accused of a bank robbery in which six innocent people died. Suddenly Fritz Lang takes us from an ordinary social problem picture (of sorts) onto death row and then into Bonnie & Clyde territory. His expressionistic skiils serve him well and there are some amazing chiaroscuro shots, foreshadowing the film noir movement to come (in style and theme).
David H.
October 29, 2009
A great Film Noir made by the Master Fritz Lang it shows how Criminals was made by the Society he was trying to choose the Right Way
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 29, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]In "You Only Live Once," things are finally looking up for three-time convict Eddie Taylor(Henry Fonda) upon his release from prison. Joan Graham(Sylvia Sidney) is in love with him and they plan on marrying once he is on the outside, even though her boss, public defender Stephen Whitney(Barton MacLane) has his doubts. But things do not start out that great. They are evicted from their honeymoon hotel once Eddie is recognized and he is fired from his job as a truck driver after being late on one run. Desperate to make the down payment on a house, Eddie meets up with his old gang...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Fritz Lang, "You Only Live Once" is a hardly subtle but riveting melodrama that that has aged very well in the decades since it was made. Serving also as a pointed examination of the criminal justice system and the death penalty, the movie has a special emphasis on the concept of reform and how hard it is for a former criminal to go straight. [/font]
mariah1217
April 20, 2006
7/10
Full review coming soon
jazza923
November 16, 2005
Fritz Lang's amazing direction, the casting of Henry Fonda as an escaped convict and Sylvia Sidney as his wife make this film a real winner. Fonda does an amazing job. Sydney gives a very poignant performance. Well photraphed, excellent pace, moving and touching.
robo
January 4, 2005
Very good story marred by an uninspired supporting cast. The major problem though is that there's no chemistry between the two leads. Excellent cinematography.
cagneys_revenge
December 31, 2003
[font=Courier New]This is a heart-breaking movie starring Henry Fonda and the angelic Sylvia Sydney, made in 1937. This movie is inspired by a true pair of lovers on the run, Bonnie and Clyde. Henry Fonda is a man with a dark past who is framed for something he didn't do, ending up in a frightening escape and a race across the border from the police. I won't give anything away, but don't expect a fluffy ending. This movie lacks a lot of conviction, though it does tend to bring a tear to the eye. I semi-recommend it.[/font]
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