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Act of Violence
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Director:
Writers:
Robert L. Richards (screenplay)
Collier Young (story)
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Release Date:
21 December 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The manhunt no woman could stop!
Plot:
An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Zinnemann again looks at the aftermath of war See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Heflin ... Frank R. Enley

Robert Ryan ... Joe Parkson

Janet Leigh ... Edith Enley

Mary Astor ... Pat

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ann
Berry Kroeger ... Johnny
Taylor Holmes ... Gavery
Harry Antrim ... Fred
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha

Will Wright ... Pop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ... German (voice) (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Bystander (uncredited)

Barbara Billingsley ... (voice) (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Heavy Jowled Man (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Bystander (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Rex Downing ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Policeman (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Bystander (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Hotel Night Clerk (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Wino Pedestrian (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Radio Commentator (voice) (uncredited)

Larry Holt ... Georgie Enley (uncredited)
Leslie Holt ... Georgie Enley (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Bystander (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Policeman (uncredited)
Rocco Lanzo ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Bystander (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Teenage Boy (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Wino Pedestrian (uncredited)
David Newell ... Bystander (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Bystander (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Auto Rental Co. Attendant (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Tim (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... War Vet Speaker at Dedication (uncredited)
Florita Romero ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Convention Party Drunk (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Bell Captain (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German (voice) (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Veteran (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Bartender in Dive (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Conventioneer (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Hotel Day Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Man (uncredited)
Candy Toxton ... Veteran's Wife (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... German (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Waglin ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Robert L. Richards (screenplay)

Collier Young (story)

Produced by
William H. Wright .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Art Department
Henry Grace .... associate set decorator (as Henry W. Grace)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
André Previn .... conductor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13275)

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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:
Continuity: At the end of the movie Joe Parkson bends the knee of his right leg, the 'lame' leg he has been nearly unable to bend throughout the entire story.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Parkson:Just so there won't be no misunderstanding, tell him I'll be back!
Edith Enley:If you are, the police will be here to meet you.
Joe Parkson:You'd better check with your husband. I don't think he'd like that.
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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Zinnemann again looks at the aftermath of war, 17 November 2003
Author: clore_2 from New York, New York

In "Seventh Cross" director Fred Zinnemann depicted the isolation of a concentration camp escapee (Spencer Tracy) with MGM studio sets stepping in for actual locations - that would have been impossible at the time. In "The Search" he made use of a ruined Berlin to tell the story of a very young concentration camp survivor - a young boy separated from his mother - using the ruins as a metaphor for the many ruined lives.

In "Act of Violence" Zinnemann returns to the aftermath of war - this time telling of two prisoner-of-war camp survivors, one of whom was a Nazi collaborator, the other one a vengeful fellow prisoner who takes it upon himself to track down and kill his former friend. Cinematographer Robert Surtees makes great use of Los Angeles' seedier parts of town - I was reminded of how his son Bruce Surtees made similar effective use of San Francisco in "Dirty Harry" - this is noir at its best, not only in cinematic terms, but with those "only come out at night" characters you expect in a top notch thriller.

Mary Astor is most effective as the barfly (couldn't make her a prostitute, though it is more than obvious) - and after her performance in the garish "Desert Fury" it's nice to see her in black-and-white again. We first meet her in a pub in which Van Heflin runs for sanctuary, the lighting there has us admiring the way she has held up, but when we move to the harsher lighting of her apartment (the lamp hanging on a cord is unshaded), we realize that the first impression was too kind. It's a magnificent performance - perhaps the best that I've seen of her.

Barry Kroeger, whose altogether too infrequent appearances included such noir classics as "Cry of the City" and "Gun Crazy," makes the most of his few moments as an underworld "enforcer" who would be quite willing to kill Ryan for a price. While Ryan seems to be a man who is on the verge of violence at any second, barely able to restrain himself, Kroeger is even more chilling. His calm, rational demeanor puts him in a different class of predator - he's good at what he does and he's used to doing it, like Alan Ladd's character in "This Gun For Hire" we can be sure that when committing murder, he feels "Fine, just fine."

Janet Leigh appears as Heflin's wife - it's an early turn for her, and while it is a most stereotypically written "wifey" role, she invests it with all that she has, but the ending is such that we have to wonder just how she will react. Right before that we have a taut scene with Heflin about to confront Ryan while Kroeger is watching. The tension is almost unbearable, all done through editing and camerawork and not one line of dialogue.

Zinnemann would continue to look at war's effects on those who came home in "The Men" as well as "Teresa" and in "Hatful Of Rain" - the man may be the most unheralded of classic film directors, but his resume includes Oscar winners such as "High Noon" and "A Man For All Seasons" as well as such nailbiters as this film and the original "Day of the Jackal."

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