Out of the Past

1947, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 37m

39 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Anchored by a wistful Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past is an exemplary noir steeped in doom and sensuality. Read critic reviews

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The quiet life of small-town gas station owner Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) is interrupted when a figure from his shady past, small-time crook Joe Stephanos (Paul Valentine), recognizes him. Stephanos' boss, crooked gambler Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas), had hired Jeff to track down Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer), a girlfriend who shot Whit and made off with $40,000 of his. Jeff and Kathie fell in love, but she left him to go back to Sterling, who now wants Jeff to settle a few old scores.

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Audience Reviews for Out of the Past

  • May 04, 2022
    In the world of film noir, this is a pretty good one. A hardboiled story full of twists, a classic femme fatale, and the past catching up to you, it's got all the tropes but it does them well. Where it excels the best is with some solid writing that takes noir tropes to the extreme and some fantastic acting especially from Robert Mitchum. If you like film noir, it's a fun time.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2022
    Endlessly quotable and the chain-smoking only adds to the potent noir imagery.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2015
    Mitchum is little more than a big slab of beef walking around in a Macintosh trench coat, mumbling to himself, as all around him conspire in some way to dupe everyone else. He only just holds onto his hat, all the doublecrossing, doubletalking, backstabbing rigamarole going on. Did I mention that there's a bad girl in the middle of it all? Did I have to mention it? And yeah, she's got legs down to there and back up again. I'm gonna need a drink. Make that two.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    The problem with an old film being a signpost of its genre is that it can seem like nothing but cliches in the present day. Cigarettes, guns, dangerous dames, trenchcoats, corny narration, syrupy orchestrations, the overly "written" dialogue, yes yes. And all the women look alike with their similar haircuts, makeup and solid-color dresses. I'm not much of a film-noir fan, but I hoped to enjoy this more than expected. No such luck. I'd much rather watch "Night of the Demon" again. Making Dickie Moore's character a deaf-mute was an interesting touch. Not sure how this detail helped the story.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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