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Knock on Any Door

Knock on Any Door (1949)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Though Humphrey Bogart is the official star of Knock on Any Door, the film is essentially a showcase for Columbia's newest young male discovery John Derek. The first production of Bogart's Santana company, the film casts Bogart as attorney Andrew Morton. A product of the slums, Morton is persuaded to take the case of underprivileged teenager Nick Romano (Derek), who has been arrested on a murder charge. Through flashbacks, Morton demonstrates that Romano is more a victim of society than a

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Nicholas Ray's direction stresses the realism of the script taken from Willard Motley's novel of the same title, and gives the film a hard, taut pace that compels complete attention.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A pretentiously 'social' melodrama which came to the Astor yesterday.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I's hard hitting in its own right, tautly crafted, and repeatedly stabbed through with Ray's impulsive generosity and anguish towards his characters.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nicholas Ray wrestles with his social consciousness and loses in this drab 1949 drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The courtroom perorations are drab, but Nicholas Ray takes off in the fervid slums

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

This hard-hitting crime melodrama offers excellent direction from the always interesting Nicholas Ray and a fine performance from Bogart.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Though Ray's film has a strong sense of social and moral outrage, the narrative doesn't bear out the simplistic conclusions arrived at.

March 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The excitement and tension is built up nicely, and although it touches on the melodramatic at times, remains crisp and sharp throughout.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Knock on Any Door

A strange, silly, sloppy, boring movie that shouldn't have starred Bogart, he's worthy of a much better script.
October 24, 2010
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Adele Morton: If I were as cynical as you, I'd hang myself.Andrew Morton: If you were as cynical as me? I wouldn't even trust the rope.Another Bogart movie I've never seen. God bless Ted Turner and TCM. I swear, TCM must be the greatest TV station of all time. As I've said before, I've never met a Bogart movie I didn't like. This one is no exception. He plays a "good guy" in this one, and he's brilliant either way. Nobody can deliver a line like Bogart, and no one can deliver a moralizing speech like the one at the end of this film like Bogart. In a lesser actor's hands, you might be tempted to laugh, but Bogart makes the lessoning stick like crazy glue and stand like the Rock of Gibraltar. Perhaps the best male actor of all time.
December 23, 2009
binky013

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Nick Ray's direction shines when Knock on Any Door isn't wallowing in its own mediocrity, heavy-handed social commentary and dull performances. Bogart and Macready aside, of course. Bogart plays an attorney who tries to save John Derek (playing an Italian) from a murder rap. The story follows Derek's character more than it showcases Bogart's. If you watch this movie you'll quickly understand why it's not a must-see Bogart movie. If you're looking for a much better pairing of Bogart and Ray you'll do well to watch In a Lonely Place.
July 29, 2008
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