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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:
He's the only one that came out alive ... and now he wants my life ... to atone for the others' See more »
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:
A Dark Tale of Guilt and Revenge See more (48 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
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
MGM records show the film earned $703,000 in the United States and Canada and $426,000 overseas but lost $637,000 overall.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »

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42 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A Dark Tale of Guilt and Revenge, 21 February 2005
Author: bartman_9 from Belgium

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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