Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

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Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.



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Complete credited cast:
Kim Hamilton ...
Ruth Ingram
Mae Barnes ...
Richard Bright ...
Carmen De Lavallade ...
Lew Gallo ...
Lois Thorne ...
Eadie Ingram
Soldier in Bar
Zohra Lampert ...
Girl in Bar
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Melton Police Chief


Dave Burke is looking to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid: Earle Slater, a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram, a black gambler. Both are reluctant; but Burke arranges for Ingram's creditors to put pressure on him, while Slater feels humiliated by his failure to provide for his girlfriend; they eventually accept. But Slater loathes and despises blacks, and the tensions in the gang rapidly mount. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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15 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wenig Chancen für morgen  »

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The score was written by The Modern Jazz Quartet's pianist, John Lewis. One of the cues, the self-explanatory "Skating in Central Park," became a regular part of the MJQ's repertoire, and was also reused for a similar scene in "Little Murders" (1971). See more »


Early in the film when Johnny gives Burke a ride downtown he parks directly behind a 1958 Chevrolet. In the next shot with Burke now out of Johnny's car, the parked car in front is now a 1959 Chevrolet. See more »


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crime noir with race conflict
14 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Good low budget heist film. Ryan's character is one of the ugliest portrayals of a white racist in film. Belafonte's character is one of the most multi-faceted and complex potrayals of an African American up until that time, and the performance doesn't date at all. Wise keeps the pacing taut and the suspense high. There's great black and white location shooting in New York City and upstate in Hudson, New York. Other things of interest: it's written by black-listed Abraham Polonsky under a pseudonym (check out his great "Force of Evil"); Cicely Tyson appears in a bit part; Richard Bright portrays a pretty overt homosexual for the time; early use of a zoom lens and infrared photography; edited by Dede Allen; some interiors shot at the old Gold Medal Studios in the Bronx.

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