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I Died a Thousand Times (1955)

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Aging bank robber, Roy Earle, escapes from prison and decides to rob a resort hotel, as a last heist before retiring. Earle's gang include Babe, Red, Marie and Louis Mendoza, an "inside man" at the hotel. However, things don't go as planned.

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Aging bank robber, Roy Earle, escapes from prison and decides to rob a resort hotel, as a last heist before retiring. Earle's gang include Babe, Red, Marie and Louis Mendoza, an "inside man" at the hotel. However, things don't go as planned.

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The man of a thousand lives...and a crime in every one ! See more »


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9 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Gegen alle Gewalten  »

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Dennis Hopper makes an early acting appearance as the boy that Shelley Winters dances with at the house party in L.A. See more »

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Near the end of the picture when the cops are chasing Jack Palance in their cars and motorcycles to the mountains the following mistakes can easily be seen. Watch the two motorbikes cops as they approach a bridge, before crossing the bridge one of the cops comes off is bike, parts of the bike can be seen flying as indeed so does the cop. The next shot thay are all chasing Jacks car as if nothing happened. Later as they approach a slippery bend a cop again comes off his motorcycle blocking the chase. Seconds later they are all seen still chasing the villain. See more »

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Big Mac: [Pouring a drink] It's like the doc says... if i don't lay off this stuff, it's gonna knock ME off, but I'm gonna die anyway.
[laughs]
Big Mac: So are you.
[Distainfully]
Big Mac: So what? Nobody ever left this world alive.
[Holding up his glass]
Big Mac: To you, Roy!
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Famed Bandit, Former No 1 On FBI List, Pardoned After Eight Years.
15 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I Died a Thousand Times is directed by Stuart Heisler and adapted to screenplay by W.R. Burnett from his own novel High Sierrra. It stars Jack Palance, Shelley Winters, Lori Nelson, Lee Marvin, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lon Chaney Junior and Earl Holliman. A CinemaScope/Warnercolor production, cinematography is by Ted McCord and music by David Buttolph.

It will always be debatable if remaking the excellent High Sierra (Raoul Walsh 1941) was needed or wanted by a 1950s audience? Especially since Walsh had himself already remade it as a Western with 1949 film Colorado Territory, but taken on its own terms, with great production value and Burnett's personal adaptation taken into consideration, it's a very enjoyable film.

Set up is simple, it's one last heist for Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Palance) before going straight, but as his attempts to break free from his emotional loner status fall apart, so does the heist and his future is written in blood up in the mountains. Heisler and Burnett put Earle up front for character inspection, easing in sympathetic tones whilst ensuring he remains a big physical threat. The air of fatalism is pungent enough and the finale is excitingly staged by Heisler. Cast performances are more than adequate if not comparing to the likes of Bogart and Lupino, while the Warnercolor is gorgeous and the photography around the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine is superb.

While not in the same league as High Sierra, that doesn't mean this is a wash out, more so if you haven't seen Walsh's movie. If you have, like me (it's one of my favourite Bogart performances), then comparisons and a feeling of deja vu will obviously infiltrate your viewing experience. But there is more than enough here to make it worth your time regardless. 7/10


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