Odd Man Out (1947)



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In the aftermath of a botched hold-up, intended to finance the activities of his IRA cell, a wounded Johnny McQueen takes shelter in the back-alleys of Belfast, a shadowy underworld where sanctuary is freighted at every moment with peril. Meanwhile, a vast police manhunt is launched -- a net that closes steadily, remorselessly in upon him.
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James Mason
as Johnny McQueen
Kathleen Ryan
as Kathleen
Robert Beatty
as Dennis
Fay Compton
as Rosie
Beryl Measor
as Maudie
Roy Irving
as Murphy
Kitty Kirwan
as Granny
Min Milligan
as Housekeeper
W.G. Fay
as Father Tom
Denis O'Dea
as Head Constable
Anne Clery
as Maureen
Eddie Byrne
as Policeman
Dora Bryan
as Girl in Telephone Kiosk
Guy Rolfe
as Policeman
Geoffrey Keen
as Soldier
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

This may be Reed's most pretentious film, but it also happens to be one of his very best, beautifully capturing the poetry of a city at night.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Carol Reed has made his film with deliberation and care, and has achieved splendid teamwork from every member of the cast. Occasionally too intent on pointing his moral and adorning his tale, he has missed little in its telling.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
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Carol Reed's first great postwar film.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Odd Man Out is a picture to see, to absorb in the darkness of the theatre and then go home and talk about.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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This film puts Reed high in the first rank of directors. It is not a great tragedy of deep-searching characterisation but it is a compelling drama of the chase, geared to an unlagging tempo.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

Shadow and rain and snow blur in glistening corrosion for a very long Irish night

Full Review… | May 25, 2015

Audience Reviews for Odd Man Out

After an IRA-sponsored bank heist goes wrong, a seriously wounded man wanders Belfast. I spent most of this film wondering about the title card at the beginning that pretentiously proclaimed the film was about "the hearts of men" and not the IRA. I kept looking for what the film was saying about the hearts of men, but the collection of characters was more varied and idiosyncratic than can be reduced to types; they don't seem emblematic of a particular political position. I felt like the film wanted to be more reductive than what I saw in it, which is a strange reversal of fortune. The action sequences, particularly the attempted escape from the bank, were often thrilling. When the film became a character study instead of an action film in the second and third acts, director Carol Reed handled that transition well, though not seamlessly. James Mason flashes bits of a fleshed-out character, but mostly the script relegates him to playing wounded, but the large, supporting cast is colorful and interesting. Overall, I don't really know what Odd Man Out is saying or what it thinks it's saying, but the characters are round and mostly interesting, which ultimately makes the film worth watching.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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There's a plethora of morals and conclusions to be drawn from Carol Reed's timeless Odd Man Out. A saga of hope vs. hopelessness in a duel to the bitter end. Absolutely brilliant.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Excellent British noir, perhaps a little overlong. James Mason is brilliant in the lead but it is beautifully acted by the entire cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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