Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

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There is money missing from a bank job, an attractive model, an insurance investigator, and two extremely dangerous thugs. James Vanning (Aldo Ray) portrays an innocent man on the run, being pursued by the criminals who stupidly misplaced their take from the crime and think he has it or knows where it is hidden. Add model Marie Gardner (Anne Bancroft) who crossed paths with nice guy Vanning, while he is on the run. This all adds up to a thriller wherein the viewer is drawn into the story and becomes part of the drama. When Marie says "things that really happen are difficult to explain" it captures the theme of this film. A nice girl helps a nice guy, who is innocent and is drawn into the drama. As tension mounts she says: "I am always meeting the wrong man, and it leads to doomed relationships." Marie inadvertently leads Vanning into the hands of the villains. However, she is a pseudo-femme fatale, innocently involved in the intrigue and, like the viewer, is gradually drawn into the ... Written by Noir-Fan-en-Suisse

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At the camp, when James Vanning (Aldo Ray) sees the speeding car, he says, "It's going to go over!" Even though the car is basically going down a straight road in a fairly straight line (no evidence of driving crazy enough to go off the road). Immediately afterward, the car brakes and swerves hard to the right and drives off the road. Something no one could have seen or anticipated until it happened. See more »

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Marie Gardner: Yesterday, my biggest problem was how I was going to break a date with a fellow I know for tonight. Of course I could call him up and tell him I can't make it. I'm on my way to Wyoming in a pair of field boots, with a man that's wanted for murder.
James Vanning: If I left you here, they'd find you in no time.
Marie Gardner: Even if they didn't, I'd still want to go with you.
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Marie Gardner: You're the most wanted man I know.
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A Symphony in Black & White
10 September 2002 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

What distinguishes "Nightfall" is the stunning beauty of the cinematography by Burnett Guffey. This is a film of the darkest darks AND the whitest whites. BLOND Aldo Ray is led into villains' hands by DARK haired Bancroft. But she is a pseudo-Femme Fatale, not really involved in the initial intrigue.

Along with one of the most chilling murder scenes encountered in 'classic period', the film contains a tri-partite Flashback, which always takes us from the BLACKNESS of a cityscape (menacing Oilwells the first time) to SNOW COVERED plains. The continuous interplay of BLACK & WHITE in this film is striking enough to make it well worth seeing. In this sense, it is a true JACQUES TOURNEUR film, hearkening back to the Val Lewton films he directed and even occasionally foreshadowing moments in "Night of the Demon"


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