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½ October 6, 2009
Great morality tale (not really a film noir per se). Examines the moral, ethical nature of humanity and what he really means to be human and care for one another. Acting is sublime (watch for Ossie Davis and Grace Kelly in small roles), scenes are tense and taut, and the flick has a decent message- care for and love one another. Highly recommended.
September 17, 2009
Notable for being Grace Kelly's first screen role (only a small part though)
May 18, 2009
A studio thriller which found a nice medium between heavy psychological case study and crows-pleasing popcorn entertainment. There's no time wasted on preliminaries- the story begins where it ends, on the high ledge of a hotel room hundreds of feet above New York City. The film boasts a superb supporting cast; a young Grace Kelly appears in a minor role and Paul Douglas provides a strong backbone as an average-Joe traffic cop thrown in the middle of a suicidal kid and the city sidewalks. Most impressive of all, however, is the always phenomenal Barbara Bel Geddes, an underrated actress best known for her shadow-support work in 'Vertgo'. She is the essence of the heart in this film, a sweet, believable girl who doesn't know much about love or life but who tries her hardest to make things work anyway. Her heart-felt performance brings the picture together, emotionally, and casts a terrifying innocence on her lover's death wish. The film is slow-moving, and at times the man on the ledge (Richard Basehart) seems frustratingly thick-headed, but strong back-up characters keep the story engaging, and
March 1, 2009
It was an interesting story, a guy threatening to jump from a 14th story ledge, and wondering every moment why on Earth he's really up there. The character, Robert was very irritating though and a few of the small storylines like the one featuring Grace Kelly and the couple that meets on the ground while waiting for Robert to jump were a bit useless and really had nothing to do with the movie. Overall though, it was okay
½ October 1, 2008
A tense noir-ish drama with a cynical wit that seem rather modern, especially in early scenes. By the climax the film slips into some melodrama, but it's a decent hour and a half diversion. Grace Kelly makes her film debut in a wholly unnecessary sub-plot.
Super Reviewer
July 16, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
½ March 8, 2008
Tense melodrama, great cast, especially Richard Basehart as the man on the ledge, and Paul Douglas as the flatfoot. It's never dull, good writing. Grace Kelly shines in a small early role.
½ January 21, 2008
Though overshadowed by the thematically similar Ace in the Hole from the same year, this is a wonderful, mature Hollywood film with fine acting. Extremely tense.
½ January 6, 2008
Interesting, tense drama with Basehart, in a solid performance, playing a depressed man standing on the ledge of a building who wants to jump. Paul Douglas is the practical but compassionate cop who tries to talk him down. Grace Kelly and Jeffrey Hunter have small parts. Most of the film takes place on the ledge. The special effects are very convincing and anxiety-inducing. Much better than what most CG looks like now, despite the cost and the fact that it's hi-tech. The result here is a nerve-wracking series of scenes.
½ October 18, 2007
Very original plot, worth see
July 26, 2007
This humane thriller about a man who may or may not jump off a ledge 15 floors up explores the tension, distrust, cynicism, and hope that comes with every chance encounter in a supposedly cruel and cold urban environment. It's the rare film noir that's actually populated by, y'know, ordinary people.
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