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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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Storyline

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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$1,290,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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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 »

Quotes

Johnny: [giving Enley a drink] Put hair on your chest!
Frank R. Enley: [he sighs and looks confused and disoriented] Who are you?
Johnny: Me? I'm a businessman. You and me are gonna do a little business. You got dough, friend?
[looking at Pat]
Johnny: That's why they hang around - on the chisel. But not me. I'm gonna earn it!
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Featured in Act of Violence: Dealing with the Devil (2007) See more »

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a very intelligent film
9 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Robert Ryan and Van Heflin do a great job in this menacing film. Nice guy Heflin is being stalked and threatened by hot-head Ryan who personally blames him for cowardice and double-dealing during the war. But, since Ryan is so obviously "off his rocker", you really feel for Heflin and his family. After all, can't he just get on with his life? But, just when you think you've got this movie figured out, it hits you with some real surprises and intensity that raise it above the ordinary. Also, I guess I like it because I am a sucker for movies with actors like these two men--rather ordinary looking men who simply could act and act well. See it and see two highly under-appreciated craftsmen.


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