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

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At the end of the movie, when the car crashes head-on into the light pole, Frank Enley is thrown forward by the impact. He is next seen lying in the street several yards to the rear of the car. See more »

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Joe Parkson: Sure, I was in the hospital, but I didn't go crazy. I kept myself sane. You know how? I kept saying to myself: Joe, you're the only one alive that knows what he did. You're the one that's got to find him, Joe. I kept remembering. I kept thinking back to that prison camp. One of them lasted to the morning. By then, you couldn't tell his voice belonged to a man. He sounded like a dog that got hit by a truck and left him in the street.
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An arresting postscript to WWII triumphalism
12 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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