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Abraham Polonsky

Highest Rated:   100% Madigan (1968)
Lowest Rated:   0% Monsignor (1982)
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A law school graduate, New York-born Abraham Polonsky entered movies after a short teaching career, as a screenwriter. After serving with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) during World War II, he returned to Hollywood and, after a brief stint with Paramount, wrote the screenplay for the independent production Body and Soul. With help from producer Bob Roberts, Polonsky ascended to the director's chair for Force of Evil, a stunning film noir that attracted a great deal of attention despite major distribution problems. Unfortunately, Polonsky blacklisted in 1950 after refusing to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He continued to work as a screenwriter, but didn't get another chance to direct until 1970 in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own)
  • Actor
1998
0% Monsignor
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Avalanche Express
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet Romance of a Horsethief
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
100% Madigan
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Odds Against Tomorrow
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale
  • Screenwriter
1951
100% Force of Evil
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1948
No Score Yet Golden Earrings
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1947
100% Body and Soul
  • Screenwriter
1947

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