Body and Soul


Body and Soul

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Considered one of the greatest boxing film ever made, Body and Soul features the late-great John Garfield playing pugilist Joe Devlin in his desperate bid to become the world's greatest fighter. Unfortunately, the battle to the top causes him to leave his values and principles behind and though it leads him to success, ultimately it takes him on a tragic dive from which he never recovers. The story is pretty standard for the genre. What makes this tale stand tall above the others is Garfield's riveting performance and the realistic portrayal of the gritty world of professional boxing. The cinematography is also exceptional.


Critic Reviews for Body and Soul

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (11)

Audience Reviews for Body and Soul

  • May 02, 2013
    sure it's the same tired boxing cliches but polonsky's sharp dialogues and garfield's greatest performance made it well worth watching, for me at least. james wong howe wore skates and rolled around the ring shooting the fight scenes with a hand-held camera, creating a level of realism that influenced 'raging bull'
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    A look at the corrupt sides of professional boxing. John Garfield plays the corrupted boxer. Fast money, fast women, expensive high rise, a corrupted manager that would make Don King's face light up with glee. "Body And Soul" isn't all that corrupt, Garfield's character has a love intrest, a good friend who is looking out for him and a mother who wishes her son would decide to get an education. Great performances by Garfield, Anne Revere, Joseph Pevney, Lili Palmer, Canada Lee and Lloyd Gough. I gave this a 90 but now am giving this a 60. We've seen this story on screen before people.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2008
    Great film noir. A fantastic quote from Garfield at the end.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    Another classic that often gets missed. It was probably the greatest fight movie until Raging Bull came along. A real hidden gem.
    John B Super Reviewer

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