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! See more »


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21 December 1948 (USA)  »

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$1,290,000 (estimated)
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This film received its USA television premiere on Tuesday 23 October 1956 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its New York City television premiere took place on 4 December 1956 on WCBS, and in San Francisco on 11 January 1958 on KGO-TV. See more »

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As Parkson (Ryan) gets into the rowboat, there is a stiff breeze, the water is choppy, and a cloudy sky is 'threatening'; a second later, after the tender pushes the boat away from the dock, the lake is calm and breeze-free, and the sky is clear. See more »

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Gavery: [Persuading Frank that Joe Parkson needs to be eliminated] You're the same man you were in Germany. You did it once, and you'll do it again. What do you care about one more man? You sent ten along already. Sure, you're sorry they're dead. That's the respectable way to feel. Get rid of this guy and feel sorry later. He dies... or you die. It's him... or you.
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A Dark Tale of Guilt and Revenge
21 February 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Home from WWII, veteran Frank Enley (Van Heflin) leads a comfortable life with his younger wife (Janet Leigh) in a small all-American town, until one day Joe Parkson (Robert Ryan), a former member from his platoon shows up, who seems to be out for revenge against him.

ACT OF VIOLENCE never makes it easy on you by telling who the good guy and the bad guy is: Frank may have done something wrong in the past, but is tormented by guilt (Heflin gives a great performance here), whereas Joe may be on a righteous mission, but his need for vengeance is obsessive and blind. It introduces two radically opposed characters and in the end makes you empathize with both of them. It's the movie HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG tried to be, but failed.

With a strong, gripping and tense conflict like this, you hope for a great ending. It almost delivers, but not quite: the final act wraps things up too neatly, it's a screenwriter's ending, not a real life one.

Nevertheless, ACT OF VIOLENCE is a greatly underrated American film.


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