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Act of Violence (1948)

Passed  -  Thriller | Film-Noir | Drama  -  21 December 1948 (USA)
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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp..

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War veteran Frank Enley seems to be a happily married small-town citizen until he realises Joe Parkson is in town. It seems Parkson is out for revenge because of something that happened in a German POW camp, and when a frightened Enley suddenly leaves for a convention in L.A., Parkson is close behind. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The manhunt no woman could stop!


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21 December 1948 (USA)  »

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Akt der Gewalt  »

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All the credits except for the title are at the end of the movie, highly unusual for that time. See more »

Goofs

When Enley and his wife are awakened by the child's nightmare, the time on the nightstand clock is about 2:25. Later, she's awakened when Enley leaves, but the time has gone back to 1:25. See more »

Quotes

Frank R. Enley: You don't know what made him the way he is - I do!
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An arresting postscript to WWII triumphalism
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This dark, unsettling film is surely too unhappy ever to have found much audience. But TCM's frequent showings will find it at last a few viewers interested in knowing some of the scarier aspects of the post-war period. A purported war-hero lives in terror of being revealed as having informed on fellow POW's, and by the time his traumatized accuser, Robert Ryan, has closed in to take vengeance, the punishment seems almost secondary to Van Heflin's self-torment. I grew up the son of a POW, and know the dark area, not discussed openly, surrounding those soldiers who were not noble or self-sacrificing.


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