The Best 72 Films of Richard Widmark

The best films of my favorite actor, Richard Widmark, ranked from his best through all the rest. A brief review of each of Widmark's 72 films is included.
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Night and the City (1950)
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. (101 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ This wonderful atmospheric noir thriller is a movie to be seen and savored many times. It is widely regarded, and rightly so, as
Richard Widmark's finest performance, at least in the Fox years
(1947-1954). Mr. Widmark, my favorite actor, is just excellent
as the small time hustler, Harry Fabian, with huge ambitions.
Astonishingly beautiful Gene Tierney gives great support, as does
Francis Sullivan, Googie Withers, and Herbert Lom. Truly enjoyable
film making from Jules Dassin, with the wonderful Dick Widmark at his best! ” - John Jacoby
Warlock (1959)
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A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ One of my very favorite Richard Widmark movies, Warlock is a wonderful, smart western drama. It is the story of professional marshal (Henry Fonda) hired by the town of Warlock to subdue a wild cowboy mob. Disillusioned Widmark leaves the cowboy gang and becomes Deputy Sheriff of Warlock. Also starring Anthony Quinn,
Dorothy Malone and Dolores Michaels, this movie is the first of five pairings of Widmark with lifelong friend, Henry Fonda. Fonda is
his usual flawless, but Widmark's character, Johnny Gannon, is one of his best and my personal favorite. It is touching, human, and sympathetic. This underrated western has pace and plot and is entertaining, start to finish. ” - John Jacoby
The Bedford Incident (1965)
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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
“ Richard Widmark was at the top of his form in this taut cold war drama also produced by Widmark. The early sixties was the pinnacle
of Widmark's wonderful acting career, having lead roles in important
and popular films including The Alamo, Judgment at Nuremberg, and How the West Was Won. In addition, Widmark starred in two John Ford films, Two Rode Together and Cheyenne Autumn, during the time frame. Bedford was one of Widmark's strongest acting efforts
and it is a very entertaining and suspenseful thriller. The cast includes lifelong friend, Sid Poitier, and good buddy, Marty Balsam in addition to Eric Portman, James MacArthur and Wally Cox. Look for a young Donald Sutherland in a small but interesting early appearance.
A must see! ” - John Jacoby
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ For two years in a row, Spencer Tracy is just superb in two of the great performances of all time, Inherit the Wind (1960) and this film.
This court room drama of the Nuremberg trials of the Nazi Judges
post WWII features an awesome cast including Burt Lancaster,
Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Max Schell (who earned the Oscar for Best actor), and my favorite actor, Richard Widmark. The performances of the stars are uniformly excellent, especially Tracy, Clift and Schell. It is the best picture that Dick Widmark appeared in and it is gratifying that he was cast as the prosecutor, a very Widmark type role and further in his second pairing with his most admired actor (Tracy) and that he more than held his own among the screen legends. Great cast. Great film. Great personal achievement for Dick Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation. (154 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Great American director, John Ford, brings to the screen an homage
to the American Indian, in this, his last western epic. The idea for
Cheyenne Autumn was brought to Ford, years before by Richard
Widmark and Widmark was rewarded by being cast in the lead role,
heading an excellent ensemble which included Carol Baker, Karl
Malden, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Sal Mineo and Dolores
Del Rio. Appearing as guest stars were the always excellent James Stewart and the indomitable Edward G. Robinson, as Secretary of the Interior.
It was the zenith of Dick Widmark's fine acting career and the second
pairing with John Ford, and Widmark was flawless, and excellent in the lead and looked very natural in a cavalry uniform. This quite a good film but a special treat for fans of Ford and especially Widmark.
Boots and saddles, mister!! ” - John Jacoby
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Widmark elevates noir thriller!
Richard Widmark shines in one of his best performances as pickpocket, Skip McCoy, in this first rate noir thriller. Widmark stars
opposite sultry Jean Peters and the chemistry is palpable. Good support from Richard Kiley and the irrespressible and wonderful
Thelma Ritter. Don't miss this one. ” - John Jacoby
Panic in the Streets (1950)
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A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Dr. Widmark saves the Big Easy!
Elia Kazan directs Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas in this taut thriller about epidemic plague threatening the City of New Orleans. Gritty and realistic with fine performances from the leads and great support from Jack Palance and Zero Mostel. Widmark is the Army Doctor and Douglas is the tough good cop in this entertaining film.
The usual excellence from the gifted Kazan. ” - John Jacoby
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
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In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (128 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ I love this movie! The cast is an extraordinary ensemble of the screen's best talent, expertly and playfully directed by the wonderful
Sidney Lumet. Albert Finney is a wonder and heads the impressive cast. Bravura performances all around. As for Richard Widmark, my only regret is that his character meets his demise within the first twenty minutes! Nevertheless, the film is high camp at at it's very best and enjoyable movie magic, watching the talented ensemble
playfully overact at the superb direction of the talented Lumet. ” - John Jacoby
Kiss of Death (1947)
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With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Notorious debut for Widmark!
Richard Widmark is wonderfully frightening and steals every scene in this, his notorious and historic film debut. Victor Mature, never better, Coleen Gray, never lovelier, and story holds up as suspenseful and entertaining to this day. As well, Karl Malden became good friends with Widmark, starting on the set of this film. ” - John Jacoby
Madigan (1968)
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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn. (101 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
“ Widmark and Fonda click in taut police drama.
Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda co - starred in five films. Madigan is the third and it's a good one, with Widmark as the hard boiled detective and Fonda as the police commissioner. The story shifts
back and forth between the two leads to include the human drama
of their personal lives as sub text to the main police chase story.
Fonda is, as usual, excellent in a dignified understated performance, strikingly realistic. Widmark is intense and driven in contrast and it works. The supporting cast is impressive and includes Inger Stevens,
James Whitmore, Harry Guardino, Michael Dunn, and Don Stroud. Wonderful police drama made excellent by the Widmark/Fonda chemistry. Very entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
No Way Out (1950)
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A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot. (106 mins.)
“ Powerful film debut for Poitier.
Directed by the wonderful, Joe Mankiewicz, Sidney Poitier makes his
powerful film debut in this drama of racial tensions. This film is great viewing and compelling, but moreover marked the the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Sid Poitier and good natured Dick Widmark. Good story, good acting and historically significant! ” - John Jacoby
Broken Lance (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona. (96 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ One of the great adult western dramas of all time, with the astonishing Spencer Tracy just excellent, effortless and at the top of his gifted acting form. Broken Lance is a good story of a strong willed cattle baron with four sons, and a house divided. It is the
first of two pairings with Richard Widmark, strong in support, and grateful to appear in any capacity with Tracy. The cast also includes
the lovely Jean Peters, Robert Wagner (never better), Katy Jurado,
E.G. Marshall and Earl Holliman. Western masterpeice. ” - John Jacoby
Yellow Sky (1948)
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A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town. (98 mins.)
“ Very entertaining western with the consistently excellent Gregory
Peck, feisty and alluring Anne Baxter and my favorite, Richard
Widmark. Good story, well written and great support from John Russell and Harry Morgan. Directed by tough Bill Wellman.
Solid and western yarn. ” - John Jacoby
Time Limit (1957)
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During the Korean War former prisoner of war, Major Harry Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel William Edwards wants the details. (96 mins.)
Director: Karl Malden
“ Widmark's Producer debut a gem.
Richard Widmark produces (and stars in) his production company's first feature film. It is a military Justice drama, perfectly cast and wonderfully acted. Co-starring with Widmark are Richard Basehart,
Dolores Michaels, Rip Torn, June Lockhart and friend, Marty Balsam.
The special treat is that is the directorial debut by Widmark's close friend, Karl Malden, his only effort behind the camera. The movie is suspenseful and taut and a home run for the first time producer Widmark and first time director, Malden. ” - John Jacoby
Vanished (1971 TV Movie)
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Government agencies investigate the mysterious disappearance of a powerful presidential adviser. (196 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
“ Widmark wonderful in first made for TV mini series!
Richard Widmark plays the President of the United States in this, the very first made for TV mini series released in 1971. Widmark is solid and received an emmy nomination in this political thriller. The
wonderful supporting cast includes Robert Young (excellent as the
adversary Senator), E. G. Marshall, James Farentino, Arthur Hill,
Murray Hamilton, William Shatner, and Eleanor Parker. It is a really
entertaining well paced thriller and paved the way for what is now very common television format. ” - John Jacoby
How the West Was Won (1962)
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
“ Spencer Tracy narrates this brilliant American Western saga, spanning three generations of western families as intrepid pioneers
and heroes. It is one of the greatest casts ever assembled in a motion picture and features among many other stars James Stewart,
Carroll Baker, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan, Robert Preston, Eli Wallach,
George Peppard, and my favorite actor, the reliable Richard Widmark. Three directors lent their talents to this entertaining saga. The standouts in the awesome cast were Peppard (never better), Gregory Peck and Dick Widmark. Well worth a look. ” - John Jacoby
The Alamo (1960)
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
“ Widmark excels as Jim Bowie.
The movie is a long and long winded saga of the defense of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as
Davy Crockett. The action scenes are first rate as is the acting of
Widmark and tough as nails Richard Boone. But the story is a bit of a cornball mush, but a good vehicle for Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
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Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling trip to teach him core life values while First Mate Dan Lunceford is tasked with tutoring Jed. (120 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Kinder gentler Widmark at Sea.
Finally, Richard Widmark is able to set aside his bad guy image to star in this atmospheric seafaring story. Widmark's character is tender and kind hearted, as was the man in real life. The trio
of young Dean Stockwell, Widmark and the wonderful Lionel Barrymore is just magic, reminiscent of the trio in Captains Courageous, though more muted and understated. Great vehicle for Widmark to show his versatility. ” - John Jacoby
Coma (1978)
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy. (113 mins.)
“ Dr. Widmark worthy adversary to beautiful Bujold.
Fine, compelling, suspenseful thriller from 1978, set in a huge Boston Medical Center features alluring Genevieve Bujold as a Doctor
on the trail of a conspiracy that puts otherwise healthy surgery patients into life ending coma. Michael Douglas is excellent as the sympathetic boyfriend and the good cast also includes Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, along with the wonderful Richard Widmark, reprising his early bad guy roles as the evil Doctor at the core of the conspiracy. Good story telling, well paced, and entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
A Prize of Gold (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sgt. Joe Lawrence is an American Army officer who falls in love with a refugee trying to raise enough... (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ Widmark is Gold!
Neat crime caper in post war Berlin in great vehicle for reliable leading man, Richard Widmark, who shines in the lead role as an American Airman who plans to heist a cache of gold to aid a damsel in distress. Mai Zetterling is alluring as the love interest and the wonderful cast includes Nigel Patrick, George Cole and great British stage thespian, Sir Donald Wolfit. Gripping, taut and entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
Road House (1948)
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A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
“ Entertaining noir drama, but great fun, too, with Richard Widmark
a stand out in a cast with great chemistry. Ida Lupino is sultry, sexy and tough. Cornel Wilde and the wonderful Celeste Holm equally good in a crackling story of jealousy and intrigue. Widmark is
just great and elevates the film considerably. ” - John Jacoby
When the Legends Die (1972)
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A young, rebellious Ute Indian joins the rodeo circuit and falls in with a drunken mentor who teaches him the ways of the ring and the world. (107 mins.)
Director: Stuart Millar
“ Widmark excellent in off beat drama.
Richard Widmark turns in one of his best performances as a heavy drinking, down and out, aging rodeo cowboy mentoring a young American Indian rodeo rider. Frederick Forrest is fine and quite understated as the gifted young rider, and the pairing with Widmark
works very well and makes for an interesting character study. This film was a signpost in Widmark's acting career and is his last starring role in a theatrical release. Thereafter Widmark starred in
ten made for TV films (some really quite good) and gave great support in several first rate theatrical releases (Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Twilight's Last Gleaming, Against All Odds etc). Widmark gives a wonderful performance in this off beat but enjoyable drama. ” - John Jacoby
Two Rode Together (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences. (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Widmark and Stewart in entertaining ride.
Well before the popularity of buddy movies and road movies, the masterful John Ford creates a likeable pairing in this western "rode"
movie with Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark at their dusty trail,
plain talking, best. Town marshal Stewart is enlisted by cavalry officer Widmark to rescue white survivors among the Comanche captives.
The movie entertains start to finish thanks to the fine acting of the leads and good support from John McIntyre, Shirley Jones, and a host of Fordians, including Andy Devine, John Qualen, Harry Carey Jr. and Ken Curtis. ” - John Jacoby
A Gathering of Old Men (1987 TV Movie)
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A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense... (91 mins.)
“ Widmark fine in underrated drama.
Richard Widmark is excellent in this very different, interesting drama of racial conflict in back woods bayou Louisana. A group of elderly black men take a stand in protecting good friend and neighbor, Louis Gossett, Jr. from being blamed for the murder of a racist farmer. The intriguing story features a wonderful cast in addition to the veteran leads, including feisty and pretty Holly Hunter (just before her bravura turn in Broadcast News), Will Patton, Joe Seneca and Woody Strode. Compelling. ” - John Jacoby
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
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A Texas town's council fires the town's old-fashioned marshal who refuses to resign, thus leading to violence from both sides. (99 mins.)
“ Widmark sensational in off beat western.
Richard Widmark is excellent in this off beat western. as the long time marshal, Frank Patch, who has overstayed his welcome in the turn of the century, western town. The locals want him out, but old Patch does not see it that way. Widmark's career had begun to ebb in the late sixties and this film is a bit of a last hurrah as the main star in a major theatrical releases. Widmark's performance is fabulous and elevates the movie to a highly entertaining if off beat offering.
Good support from Carroll O'Connor, Lena Horne, John Saxon and Kent Smith, as well as old western pros Dub Taylor and Larry Gates,
both in the picture. ” - John Jacoby
The Street with No Name (1948)
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A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums. (91 mins.)
“ Widmark is menacing!
Fine noir thriller told documentary style with Mark Stevens and Richard Widmark as adversaries, with nice support from Lloyd Nolan and Ed Begley. Widmark is again menacing and wickedly convincing as the crime boss. Entertaining and well crafted. ” - John Jacoby
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
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A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near... (146 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ General Widmark in taut duel with Lancaster.
Good thriller from 1977 with Burt Lancaster as a renegade General who takes control of a strategic missile launching silo in the remote
Northwest. The excellent cast includes Widmark as the General trying to thwart the plans of Lancaster. Venerable Melvyn Douglas
and screen legend Joseph cotton appear along with Charles Durning
(miscast as the President), Richard Jaeckel, Paul Winfield and Burt Young. Well paced and exciting. ” - John Jacoby
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him... (86 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Widmark wickedly good.
Richard Widmark excels in this exciting western drama, opposite stoic good guy, Robert Taylor. John Sturges ably brings to the screen a very good story with excellent acting, beautifully filmed settings and good action. Another solid Widmark western. ” - John Jacoby
All God's Children (1980 TV Movie)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Jerry Thorpe
“ Stoic Widmark good in timely drama.
Richard Widmark stars in this warm, timely, made for TV drama about the impact of Court ordered bussing in the early 80's and it's effect on average New England families. Widmark is terrific and the film is well crafted and pleasing on several levels. It is also a nostalgic reunion of Widmark with the wonderful character actor, Ossie Davis, and the lovely and talented Ruby Dee, as husband and wife yet again, just as they were thirty years earlier in the Widmark classic from 1950, No Way Out, which was the powerful film debut of the great Sid Poitier. Touching movie magic. ” - John Jacoby
The Frogmen (1951)
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The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one. (96 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ Naval Hero Widmark.
Directed by Warner's studio veteran Lloyd Bacon (many Cagney, Bogart, Robinson features), this is an entertaining look at the UDT
(underwater demolition teams) crews in wartime. Widmark is a standout in a gifted cast which includes Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill, and a small role for wise cracking Harvey Lembeck and a very early role for wonderful character actor, Jack Warden. Well crafted and suspenseful. ” - John Jacoby
Against All Odds (1984)
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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear. (128 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Widmark elevates good suspense drama.
Entertaining suspenseful story starring the talented and likeable Jeff
Bridges. The romantic interest is lovely Rachel Ward and the fine cast also includes James Woods, Alex Karras, and Dorian Harewood.
For Widmark, it's a reunion with his co-star from the 1956 "Run for the Sun", Jane Greer. Widmark and Greer have small but key roles in the film. The movie is a loose remake of "Out of the Past" from 1947, and it's well worth a look. ” - John Jacoby
Run for the Sun (1956)
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In Central America, an action-adventure novelist and a journalist for a magazine find themselves at the mercy of Nazi war criminals. (99 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
“ Widmark excellent on the Run.
Taut, fast paced adventure set in the jungles of Mexico with Richard
Widmark in excellent form, as a pilot whose plane crashes in the jungle. Widmark and co -star, Jane Greer are rescued by Trevor Howard and Peter Van Eyck, Nazi sympathizers in hiding. A variation of "The Most Dangerous Game", the movie entertains start to finish.
Howard and Widmark make excellent adversaries. ” - John Jacoby
Rollercoaster (1977)
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A blackmailer threatens to sabotage roller-coasters at various American amusement parks if he isn't paid a huge ransom. (119 mins.)
Director: James Goldstone
“ Widmark along for the ride.
Entertaining thriller from 1977 with George Segal on the trail of amusement park bomber extortionist threatening major California theme park for ransom. Tim Bottoms (always underrated) is the young saboteur, and Richard Widmark is the Federal agent in charge.
The threesome play off each other very well. Segal is terrific as the sarcastic, rebellious point man on the trail. Henry Fonda appears briefly in the fourth (of five) pairing with Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
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During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers. (116 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Widmark rustles cattle for the Rebs.
Exciting, interesting Civil War drama of bold cattle rustling scheme by the Confederate South. The pairing of William Holden as the cattle baron and Richard Widmark as the Confederate Colonel is
quite entertaining. Widmark and Holden became good friends during the schooting of this action film, which was directed by Edw. Dmytryck. It was the third pairing of Widmark and Dmytryck and a good one. ” - John Jacoby
Take the High Ground! (1953)
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In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Drill Sergeant Widmark excellent.
Good Military story of tough drill Sergeant with a heart of gold, ably portrayed by Richard Widmark. Written and directed by the talented
Richard Brooks, and co -starring good friend, Karl Malden. Enjoyable story. ” - John Jacoby
True Colors (1991)
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Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Widmark grand in finale!
Richard Widmark plays Senator James Stiles in this, his final film and swan song to a grand and glorious acting career. It is splendid and
satisfying that Mr. Widmark is type cast or Widmark cast as a tough minded individualist , a part he has owned his 44 year, 72 film movie acting career. The movie is a breakout for main stars John Cusack and James Spader in this well written, well paced political drama
and character study. Also in support are Mandy Patinkin, Phil Bosco,
Paul Guilfoyle, lovely Imogen Stubbs, and fittingly, as Mrs. Stiles, the beautiful and ageless Dina Merill, as the last of the Widmark women, joining an impressive array of co -stars over the 44 years.
A grand finish in a very fine film for the wonderful Richard Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Backlash (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in. (84 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Widmark searches for his past.
In this heavily plotted, entertaining western, reliable star, Widmark,
searches for the survivors of a massacre, and discovers his past, with the lovely Donna Reed along for the interesting ride. The intriguing
story features excellent support from John McIntyre, and frequent co -star, Harry Morgan. ” - John Jacoby
The Secret Ways (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired... (112 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
“ Widmark excellent in dark thriller.
Richard Widmark is the whole show in this grim thriller about an
American mercenary enlisted to rescue a scientist behind the iron curtain. Locations in Vienna and Hungary heighten the atmosphere
of this dark, but entertaining cold war drama. Senta Berger and Sonia
Ziemann in support. Check the writing credit, a real treat as the writer of the screenplay is Ms. Jean Hazlewood, who was Mrs. Richard Widmark, to whom the wonderful Richard was devoted all their lives. All in the family makes for an entertaining treat. ” - John Jacoby
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
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A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base. (113 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Salute to Widmark.
Richard Widmark's first foray into the war drama genre is a good one,
directed by legendary Lewis Milestone and featuring a cast of rising stars including Widmark's lifelong friend, Karl Malden, along with Robert Wagner, Jack Palance, and Richard Boone. Good action, but most notable for the gifted cast. ” - John Jacoby
My Pal Gus (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dave Jennings is a successful, self-made man in the business world, but he can't control his son, Gus... (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
“ Kind hearted Widmark.
Gus is a mischievous five year old and Dick Widmark the kind hearted Dad in this engaging comedy/drama. Female co - stars include the lovely Joanne Dru as the dedicated teacher and Audrey Totter as the conniving ex - wife. This excellent film is a must see for Widmark fans as it is a change of pace from the tough guy roles. ” - John Jacoby
The Last Wagon (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd... (98 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Underrated western - Widmark superb.
Widmark is excellent in this western story of survival. Last Wagon marks the transition for Widmark into the "western years" which continues for more than a decade with a few notable exceptions.
Co -stars include the lovely Felicia Farr and several very fine adolescent actors, all giving good performances. Widmark saves the
day combating one adventure after another. Exciting! ” - John Jacoby
The Last Day (1975 TV Movie)
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A retired gunman is forced to take up his weapons again when an outlaw gang robs the town banks. (100 mins.)
“ Widmark fabulous in solid western.
Richard Widmark is back in the saddle again, where is is always at his plain talking best, and is fine as Will Spence, aging lawman who is forced to confront a legendary western gang on their "last day" in a small Kansas town. The cast includes Robert Conrad, Barbara Rush,
Richard Jaeckel, Tim Matheson, Morgan Woodward and Loretta Swit.
Wonderful character actor and Widmark friend, Harry Morgan narrates
and adds color and authenticity. ” - John Jacoby
A Whale for the Killing (1981 TV Movie)
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A female humpback whale is stranded in a small area during a storm. Fishermen of the village seek to kill the whale but a man visiting the area fights to save the whale's life. (145 mins.)
“ Widmark excellent in poignant drama.
Engrossing made for TV drama from 1981 about reaction to a beached whale in a small Northeastern fishing village. Peter Strauss
is fine as the stranded sailor and family man and Widmark gives yet another outstanding performance as one of the town's leaders
sympathetic to Strauss. Fine drama. ” - John Jacoby
Garden of Evil (1954)
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A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Widmark unkikely hero.
Adventure western with a wonderful cast headed by laconic and leathery
Gary Cooper, lovely Susan Hayward and Richard Widmark as the unlikely hero in this entertaining parable set in the rugged mountains of
Mexico. Good entertainment and a must see for fans of Cooper, Hayward and Widmark. Look for sexy Rita Moreno, bringing down the cantina early in the film. ” - John Jacoby
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
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A former WW2 naval pilot employed by a Miami civilian company reminisces about his past and present sins while flying a plane into an incoming hurricane. (83 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
“ Widmark tames hurricane.
The wonderful Richard Widmark is back battling a major hurricane
and major personal demons in this 1949 melodrama. Our hero romances two screen lovelies, Linda Darnell and Veronica Lake in this film. Widmark's performance elevates otherwise routine melodrama. ” - John Jacoby
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film. (117 mins.)
“ Widmark reprises Tommy Udo.
Five entertaining vignettes from the mind of O. Henry and the directorial skills of Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway and others.
In "The Clarion Call", Richard Widmark reprises his film debut character from Kiss of Death; that of the blood curdling giggling killer, Tommy Udo, only with a different name but the same giggle and the same evil ways. The performance elevates this brief tale, part of the wonderful quintet of stories. ” - John Jacoby
Flight from Ashiya (1964)
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A helicopter rescue team tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon. (100 mins.)
“ Interesting movie about the air sea rescue crews and their individual personal dramas and romances. Richard Widmark stands out in an otherwise routine action drama. Good cast includes Yul Brynner,
George Chikiris, and Shirley Knight, not long after her wondeful turn in Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Good rescue sequences and fine acting by Widmark and Knight. ” - John Jacoby
Blackout (1985 TV Movie)
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A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery... (100 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
“ Tight little suspense thriller with Richard Widmark as an aging police detective obsessed with solving a seven year old murder mystery.
Keith Carradine is fine and understated as the amnesia victim who holds they key. Nice cat and mouse suspense as the story unfolds. ” - John Jacoby
Destination Gobi (1953)
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In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Interesting and offbeat war drama with Naval officer Widmark commanding a crew in the Gobi desert, and using a request for saddles for the natives to further U.S. interests in wartime. As in Halls of Montezuma and Take the High Ground, a good ensemble of up and comers is featured including Don Taylor, Casey Adams, Darryl Hickman and Martin Milner. ” - John Jacoby
Red Skies of Montana (1952)
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Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana. (99 mins.)
“ Widmark battles Wild Fire.
Richard Widmark, in another worthy performance, elevates this otherwise ordinary actioner about the sky jumping fire fighters of the Northwest. Good drama and good support from Jeffrey Hunter and
Richard Boone. ” - John Jacoby
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous. (76 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ Widmark knocks on wrong door.
Different drama with Marilyn Monroe as the disturbed babysitter
and pilot Widmark as restless guy across the hall who takes an
interest. (Who would not?) As it turns out, Widmark should have stayed with adorable Anne Bancroft in a very early role before anyone knew she was one of the greatest actresses in history. Worth a look, if only for the wonderful cast. ” - John Jacoby
Cold Sassy Tree (1989 TV Movie)
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An independent woman from the North causes a scandal when she decides to wed a local general store owner just three weeks after he has been widowed. (95 mins.)
Director: Joan Tewkesbury
“ Widmark wonderful in rich romantic drama.
Richard Widmark gives a rich compassionate performance in this quiet
atmospheric drama about a May/November romance. Talented and
lovely Faye Dunaway is always excellent and the pairing with Widmark works on several levels. Neil Patrick Harris is delightful in the quietly paced drama. A different and rare look for aging Widmark works well. ” - John Jacoby
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988 TV Movie)
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An outlaw and a Texas Ranger captain have a life-long personal feud but 20 years later, with old-age settling-in, they must put their differences aside in order to face the latest Texas problem - the youngest generation of outlaws. (96 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
“ Widmark heads a cast of western film legends.
Richard Widmark stars in this interesting light hearted western in which the cast of character actors is the real treat. The group includes Stuart Whitman, Chuck Connors, Dub Taylor, Jack Elam,
Kevin Mc Carthy, Ken Curtis and Royal Dano. Lovely
Angie Dickinson is the romantic interest, torn between Widmark and
and the outlaw lead, played by a miscast Willie Nelson. Campy and good fun. ” - John Jacoby
The Trap (1959)
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Lawyer Ralph Anderson arrives in Tula, an amazingly remote town in the desert, as reluctant emissary of mob chief Victor Massonetti... (84 mins.)
Director: Norman Panama
“ Widmark elevates turgid crime drama.
Richard Widmark stars in this crime drama of wanted mobster, Lee J.
Cobb, hiding in a very small California desert community, with plans to exit the Country ahead of the law. Widmark is the lawyer abetting the plan. Widmark breathes some life into this routine crime drama. Along with Cobb are Tina Louise, Earl Holliman and Lorne Greene in support. ” - John Jacoby
The Way West (1967)
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In 1843, a former U.S. senator leads a wagon train of settlers to Oregon, but his megalomania leads to growing dissatisfaction with his leadership. (122 mins.)
“ Widmark and Mitchum save the "Way".
Great cast somewhat wasted in this poorly produced western, saved
only by the performance of veterans Widmark and Robert Mitchum.
This story had great potential that was not realized. Still, watchable for the acting of the leads and the it's the film debut of perky, pretty, sexy and wildly talented Sally Field. ” - John Jacoby
The Tunnel of Love (1958)
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A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate. (98 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
“ Everybody loves Richard (Widmark).
One year after being directed by good friend and first time director, Karl Malden, Widmark is cast in a rare comedy and directed by the
great Gene Kelly, superb actor and one of the greatest dancers ever.
Widmark handles the comedy diversion opposite bubbly Doris Day,
and gives a competent and likeable performance. ” - John Jacoby
The Moonshine War (1970)
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A federal agent attempts to make some real money before the alcohol ban is lifted so he sets his sights on the whiskey cache of an old army buddy. (100 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ Widmark, a stand out in offbeat drama.
Very offbeat and somewhat off putting drama about the moonshine manufacturers in the South sparring with the inevitable revenuers.
The movie is saved by the gifted cast and the quirky chemistry of the three leads, Patrick McGoohan as the interloper, Alan Alda as the young moonshine maker and Widmark is back to his roots as the evil Doctor looking to profit in any way he can. Worth watching for the good acting. Look for Teri Garr in an early and very small role. ” - John Jacoby
The Long Ships (1964)
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A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices," a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules. (126 mins.)
Director: Jack Cardiff
“ Widmark and Poitier's excellent adventure.
Although both screen greats were wildly miscast, and the movie has a comic strip feel to it, Widmark and Poitier (good friends in real life)
always entertain on the screen. In this action packed costumer, the Viking and the Moor join forces in search of a great treausure, a giant gold bell. It's great fun all the way and the supporting cast includes beautiful Rosanna Schiaffino, Oscar Homolka, and athletic Russ Tamblyn. ” - John Jacoby
Bear Island (1979)
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On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during WW2, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency NATO frequency and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Sharp
“ Widmark bearly recognizable, but good in support.
Great cast in this disappointing Alistair MacLean mystery thriller set on Bear Island. Widmark dons a heavy German accent and is good in support. The wonderful cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins and Lloyd Bridges and they all try hard, but can't save this wannabe thriller. ” - John Jacoby
The Cobweb (1955)
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At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head... (134 mins.)
“ Dr. Widmark can't save silly soaper.
Interesting only for the fabulous cast, wasted in this silly soap opera about a psychiatric hospital where the staff are wackier than than the patients. Still, it's always great watching reliable veteran Widmark. The cast includes Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish and then newcomer, Susan Strasberg. The male actors are a miscast Charles Boyer and a young brooding John Kerr. Mr. Minnelli
is out out of his element in this one. ” - John Jacoby
Hell and High Water (1954)
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During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3. (103 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Widmark elevates high seas actioner.
Worth viewing only for another good performance by Widmark, as a retired Naval officer commanding a ship on a desparate mission.
Co -stars include lovely Bela Darvi, along with David Wayne. It's the second collaboration with director Sam Fuller. For Widmark fans, it's great fun. ” - John Jacoby
Hanky Panky (1982)
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Completely innocent man, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she's later murdered, Michael becomes the chief suspect and goes on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
“ Widmark plays the heavy in Poitier comedy.
Richard Widmark, in a supporting role, directed by lifelong buddy, Sid Poitier, in this comic thriller. Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner try hard, and are cute, but the story is heavy handed and idiotic, and the acting can't quite carry the day. Worthwhile only for the pairing of Widmark and Poitier, for the fourth time. ” - John Jacoby
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
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An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth. (95 mins.)
Director: Peter Sykes
“ Widmark fine in above average horror thriller.
Widmark excels in this, his only foray into the horror genre (Thank goodness). Widmark is better known for westerns, military roles,
and diverse bad guys. This film, while not great, is an enjoyable, straight forward horror drama. Good in support are Christopher Lee
and beautiful Nastasia Kiinski. ” - John Jacoby
Brock's Last Case (1973 TV Movie)
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A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff. (100 mins.)
“ Richard Widmark stars in his second made for TV feature about a burned out New York cop who retires to out west orange grove property. Not particularly well written or directed, but Widmark shines, as usual in the lead role. ” - John Jacoby
Saint Joan (1957)
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In 1456, French king Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the 17 year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic. (110 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Widmark wildly miscast.
Otto Preminger directed this adaptation of the G.B. Shaw play about Saint Joan of Arc of France. An excellent cast is assembled with lovely Jean Seberg in the title role, along with Richard Todd, Felix Aylmer, and the wonderful John Gielgud. Richard Widmark puts down his gun and holster to play the Dauphin, King of France, and gives his best efforts despite being dreadfully miscast. ” - John Jacoby
Mr. Horn (1979 TV Movie)
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The story of frontiersman Tom Horn, and his career as a cavalry scout, a tracker, a Pinkerton agent and a range detective, and the final events in his life that led to his tragic death. (180 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
“ Richard Widmark co -stars with Keith Carradine, in this made for TV mini series. Average, except that Widmark is always enjoyable! ” - John Jacoby
The Final Option (1982)
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A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning... (125 mins.)
Director: Ian Sharp
“ Too little Widmark to save murky thriller.
This muddled attempt at a cold war thriller stars smart and sexy JudyDavis, just before her terrific turn in Passage to India. Unfortunately, David Lean did not direct this one. Richard Widmark, as the Secretary of State has to little screen time to elevate this awful feature. ” - John Jacoby
A Talent for Loving (1969)
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A professional gambler is trapped into marrying within a Mexican family under an Aztec curse. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ Widmark entertains in silly western comedy.
Dick Widmark is entertaining, even in this silly, poorly written western comedy about a "love curse" that is carried down through the generations. Bombastic Cesar Romero and expansive Topol
co -star. For Widmark fans only, of which, there is none more passionate than this writer. ” - John Jacoby
The Swarm (1978)
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A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people. (116 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
“ General Widmark and remarkable cast can't save ultimate disaster bomb.
Worth viewing for the incredible cast of Hollywood legends, this film is the disaster film equivalent of Heaven's Gate to the "epic" genre
and Ishtar to the comedy genre. The Swarm elicits snickers and guffaws universally as one of the worst disaster films of all time.
Great waste of splendid cast. Notable as the fifth of five pairings
of Widmark with good friend, Henry Fonda, and Widmark uttering the immortal line, "Will history blame me, or the bees?" How about
Irwin Allen, and the screen writers, for starters. ” - John Jacoby
The Domino Principle (1977)
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Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble... (100 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Widmark - the only bright light in murky misfire.
Widmark gives his best and is the only saving grace in this murky,
muddled thriller from 1977. The gifted Gene Hackman has certainly been better, as has director, Stanley Kramer, and co-stars, Mickey Rooney and Candace Bergen. The movie is labored and boring except for reliable Widmark. Not worthy of the great cast. ” - John Jacoby
The Sell-Out (1976)
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While vacationing in Lebanon, a former secret agent finds he has been marked for assassination. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Collinson
“ Widmark always watchable.
Not his best, but Richard Widmark is always good even in lesser quality films such as this poorly written, poorly directed bomb from 1976. Widmark's career in the 70's had ebbed; screen appeareances were limited to supporting roles in several good films (Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Twilight's Last Gleaming) and made for TV films including Vanished, The Last Day, Brock's Last Case, and
Mr. Horn. Then there were the really awful films such as this one, Domino Principle, To the Devil a Daughter, and The Swarm. But I could watch Widmark reading the newspaper, so of course, I liked the film. ” - John Jacoby
Movie Madness (1982)
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A parody of film genres composed of three shorts, spoofing personal growth films, glossy soap operas, and police stories. (89 mins.)
“ Widmark can't save nonsensical stinker.
It would be hard to imagine a worse movie. The utter nonsense put on the screen is supposed to be a spoof, but it is just nonsensical meanderings, with no wit, no plot and no taste at all. Still, Richard
Widmark is in the cast and so the film has a modicum of relevance only for the die hard fans of Mr. Widmark, of which there is none more ardent than this writer. So pass the aspirin and tequila and hit play! ” - John Jacoby