Town Without Pity 1961

Town Without Pity

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Army attorney Maj. Steve Garrett (Kirk Douglas) must defend four American soldiers -- part of the forces occupying a small town in Germany -- who drunkenly raped a 19-year-old girl (Christine Kaufmann). The girl's enraged father demands the soldiers receive the death penalty. Determined to defend the men's lives, Garrett demolishes the girl on the witness stand. When she faints before completing testimony, the defendants are spared, but tragedy follows.

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  • Sep 02, 2019
    Under-appreciated drama of a military defense attorney (Kirk Douglas) trying to save four men from the death penalty for a rape they committed. He faces a moral and ethical dilemma when he learns of her prior promiscuous behavior. Knowing that the town will turn against her if he reveals she's perjured herself he tries to convince the victim's obstinate father from having her return to the stand, which would save the rapists from the death sentence. Douglas and Christine Kaufmann (the victim) are super as are direction & cinematography (although, the print aired on TCM is substandard). The score by Dimitri Tiomkin has excellent moments, but at times feels too ostentatious. Script was mostly adapted from a book by an un-credited Dalton Trumbo. Highly recommended.
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  • Dec 17, 2013
    A bit numb courtroom drama. It wasn't tense, emotional, thrilling or gripping enough. It rather seemed to focus more on the state of the town's mindset. And it wasn't an appealing approach. Strong dialogues and aggressive performances might have helped. Otherwise, except for the Berta Kulig's testimony sequence, there isn't much in terms of entertainment. On the whole, numb as it is, it's still a watchable piece. More or less.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2013
    Very well acted but an ugly look at the viciousness of the human race.
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