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Boomerang! Reviews

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August 22, 2009
Filmed in my hometown, stamford ct! great legal drama which is based on a true story. and an early kazan picture with great acting.
Super Reviewer
½ May 23, 2009
Filmed on location in my current hometown - Stamford CT - yay! Good buildup about political shenanigans related to the prosecution of a mysterious murder in small town America is ultimately spoiled by a by third act courtroom scene where all is miraculously revealed. A compelling mix of documentary and noir styles in this early effort by Elia Kazan.
February 17, 2009
Underwhelming docudrama with lousy narration and a very familiar story.
November 25, 2008
Documentary-style noir police procedural from director Elia Kazan. A smart script and tight direction keep things moving, even though the story does get a bit dry and talky in places - but the climactic courtroom scene is particularly powerful. Dana Andrews is a bit stiff in the lead, but he's backed by a great supporting cast including Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, and a young Karl Malden. Kazan would go on to direct better films, but this is a solid early effort.
November 23, 2008
Great story about doing the right thing vs political ambition. Dana Andrews does a great job depicting a state's attorney trying to prove the innocence of a wrongly accused man. Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Street Car Named Desire fame) does a great job directing, bringing the adaptation of an episode of Homer Cummings (Attorney General during FDR's first two terms) career to life.

Elia Kazan is considered the father of the docu-drama genre and one of the Hollywood elites who named names during the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings. I still remember certain Hollywood elites who snubbed him (by not joining in the standing ovation) when he received a special lifetime achievement Oscar in 1999.
November 23, 2008
Good movie about an honest man taking down corruption. I just wish it wasnt based on Homer Cummings. Thinking of Dana Andrews playing the honest and just lawyer depicting Cummings makes me sick, even if Cummings had this bright spot in his career.
November 19, 2008
Great courtroom scene.
October 9, 2008
Elia Kazan's most underrated film. Strong performances, script, and direction.
Super Reviewer
July 11, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
½ April 22, 2008
Nice early piece of work from Elia Kazan with a very sound cast.
January 28, 2008
Tight courtroom thriller with Dana Andrews trying to free a innocent man. Really good stuff here, glad I was able to track down a copy.
½ November 28, 2007
This is the true story of an unsolved murder
½ November 27, 2007
Very good classic, nicely acted with an interesting story. It has lost some of it's punch over the years, but it still remains a fascinating drama, aptly directed by Elia Kazan. What is sad is that things haven't changed that much.
November 26, 2007
Great courtroom drama. one of the movies where if the story was not true, you would say who makes this stuff up? The courtroom action is cool, they even use some modern type forensics.
Arthur Kennedy is very good as the resentful suspect forced by the police into confessing.
November 16, 2007
Reasonable film for a wet weekday afternoon. Andrews is stoic as usual and Cobb and Arthur Kennedy lend excellent support - look out for an early role for Karl Malden.
garyX
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2007
An honest district attourney is pressured into convicting a man accused of the murder of a priest, but when he examines the evidence, he has second thoughts as to the man's guilt. Rather similar to 12 Angry Men, which was released 10 years later and also featured Lee J. Cobb and Ed Begley, this is an intelligent courtroom drama based on a real case from the same director as Brando's On The Waterfront and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It shows not only the investigation of the evidence, but also the pressures behind the scenes from self-serving politicians, the press and a public eager for a quick conviction. Dana Andrews is solid as the crusading DA, but it is Cobb's worldly wise chief of police and Arthur Kennedy as the suspect railroaded into a false confession that are the stand-out performances. The true identity of the murderer is only hinted at, and he suffers a rather contrived timely come-uppance no doubt to appease the "crime doesn't pay" censorship laws, but otherwise a fine noir-style examination of the American justice system.
October 19, 2007
An honest district attourney is pressured into convicting a man accused of the murder of a priest, but when he examines the evidence, he has second thoughts as to the man's guilt. Rather similar to 12 Angry Men, which was released 10 years later and also featured Lee J. Cobb and Ed Begley, this is an intelligent courtroom drama based on a real case from the same director as Brando's On The Waterfront and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It shows not only the investigation of the evidence, but also the pressures behind the scenes from self-serving politicians, the press and a public eager for a quick conviction. Dana Andrews is solid as the crusading DA, but it is Cobb's worldly wise chief of police and Arthur Kennedy as the suspect railroaded into a false confession that are the stand-out performances. The true identity of the murderer is only hinted at, and he suffers a rather contrived timely come-uppance no doubt to appease the "crime doesn't pay" censorship laws, but otherwise a fine noir-style examination of the American justice system.
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2007
I was bored to tears. A man's conscience vs. a society's bloodlust to see someone... ANYONE hang for a murder. Political bureaucracy in a small town.
½ October 15, 2007
Excellent real life tale told to perfection. It remains interesting throughout and is entertaining to the end.
August 27, 2007
Great movie! Excellent ending! None of the corny "look how stupid the witnesses and cops are" kind of stuff. The DA free an innocent man going by the book.
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