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Act of Violence (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | February 1949 (USA)
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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He's the only one that came out alive ... and now he wants my life ... to atone for the others' See more »


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Akt der Gewalt  »

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Budget:

$1,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$703,000, 31 December 1948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,129,000, 31 December 1948
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1.37 : 1
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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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In the scene where Enley leaves Pat's room, the lighting on Pat suddenly changes from very shadowy to bright for no apparent reason. See more »

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Frank R. Enley: [desperately looking for Johnny] Where do I find him? Where does he live?
Pat: I don't know. Nobody knows!
Frank R. Enley: Well, there must be some way I can find...
Pat: Guys like him don't tell where they live!
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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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