Moonrise (1948)



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A man is taunted by home-town schoolmates after his father's execution for murder, and he finds his only solace in his girlfriend. One youth pushes him over the edge, and he is forced to kill in self-defense. His girlfriend urges him to face the authorities, but he wants to flee.

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Critic Reviews for Moonrise

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

This is an overlooked gem from one of Hollywood's under-the-radar mavericks, and a tasty slice of small-town noir.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review… of the greatest works by one of Hollywood's most unfairly treated masters.

Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Moonrise is a film... I should hope spurs this drive toward action, helping the viewer to experience the tremendous indignity of something like the death penalty (or any other abuse under the pretense of justice) by touring them through a tortured life.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Moonrise is a truly great film, strange and sympathetic.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Parte noir, parte melodrama, o filme funciona como estudo de personagens e conto de moralidade, mas se enfraquece sempre que se entrega ao água-com-açúcar entre o conturbado protagonista e a mocinha.

Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

A compromised film noir, due to themes of redemption and a happy ending, the newly restored Moonrise merits attention for it visual and sound elements, particularly stylized b/w cinematography of John Russell, who in 1960 shot Hitchcock's Psycho.

Jan 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonrise


Would have been more aptly titled Mood Rise this noirish drama is all brooding dark places and melancholy thoughts. A first rate cast convey the proper emotions, Gail Russell's liquid haunted eyes are particularly used to good effect but Dane Clark's main character's tortured actions make him frequently hard to root for. The cinematography is wonderfully evocative perhaps one of the best shot noir films out there. The opening scene is great in setting the tone for the rest of the film.

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