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Crime & Punishment, USA (1959)

 |  Drama  |  1 November 1959 (USA)
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A Californian law student murders a pawnbroker, then matches wits with the detective on the case.

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Credited cast:
Mary Murphy ...
Sally
Frank Silvera ...
Lieutenant Porter
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Debbie Cole
John Harding ...
Fred Swanson
Wayne Heffley ...
Rafe
Eve McVeagh ...
Mrs. Griggs
Tony Johnson ...
Mrs. Cole (as Toni Merrill)
Lew Brown ...
Sgt. Neil Samuels
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Robert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Atwater
Sidney Clute ...
Doctor (as Sid Clute)
Ken Drake ...
Hendricks
Magda Harout
James Hyland ...
Man in Coffee Shop (as Jim Hyland)
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A Californian law student murders a pawnbroker, then matches wits with the detective on the case.

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An Fine but Little Known Movie
7 November 2008 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a very good adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel. The actors all gave solid performances, and the script captures the essence of an investigation into a crime that will depend on not on physical evidence, or finding a witness, but on a psychological campaign by the police detective, as he seeks to get a crack his suspect. As George Hamilton's Robert fences with Frank Silvera's Inspector Porter, he tries to come to terms with his own guilt and fear. In the end, it resolves wonderfully, with Robert coming to terms with his actions and deciding how to live them.

The low budget for the film seems to have been a benefit in this case. The seedy Southern California landscapes give a feel of desperation that makes the initial crime believable, and makes Robert's desire to escape it understandable. And the 'cheapness' fits the small cast, and the film's concentration on a few characters, intensifying the psychological pressure Robert is feeling.

Really well done, and I highly recommend it.


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