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Violent Saturday (1955)

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Shelley Martin
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Boyd Fairchild
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Harper (bank robber)
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Linda Sherman
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Harry Reeves, Bank Manager
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Dill, Bank Robber
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Mrs. Emily Fairchild
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Elsie Braden
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Stadt, Amish Farmer
Dorothy Patrick ...
Helen Martin
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Steve Martin
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Gil Clayton
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Storyline

A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to rewin his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The day all Hell broke loose !


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20 April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les inconnus dans la ville  »

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$955,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In late December 1954 when director of photography Charles G. Clarke fell ill, Milton Krasner filled in. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Fairchild: Would you like me to have you thrown out?
Linda Sherman: Why don't you get mad enough to try it. All I want is an excuse to pull that hair right out of your stupid head.
[Mrs. Emily Fairchild looks away]
Linda Sherman: Guess you don't have the guts.
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Beneath The Surface
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three hoodlums plot to rob a bank in a small town. But the town has secrets of its own: The bank president is a Peeping Tom. The librarian is a petty thief. The son of the strip-mine owner is an alcoholic; his wife is openly carrying on an affair with the local golf pro. The son of the strip-mine foreman is ashamed of him because he didn't fight in Word War II. The strip-mine nurse is the object of several men's sexual fantasies.

With a great tough guy turn by Lee Marvin as one of the bank robbers, alternately sniffing an inhaler and stomping on kids' fingers, and Ernest Borgnine as an Amish farmer (!) who isn't completely pacifistic. (Inspiration for WITNESS?) The strip-mining is a wonderful metaphor for the secrets that lurk just underneath the surface of a seemingly placid small town. Would be good on a double bill with BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK.


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