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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Poster

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Harry Belafonte starred in this, the first film-noir with a black protagonist. Belafonte selected Abraham Polonsky, who had written and directed a famous noir, Force of Evil (1948), to write the script. As a blacklisted writer Polonsky used a front, John O. Killens, a black novelist and friend of Belafonte's. (In 1997, the Writers Guild of America officially restored Polonsky's credit.)
French director Jean-Pierre Melville credited this film with being a formative influence on his work and made references to it in his films.
Wayne Rogers' film debut.
James Ellroy called it "just the best heist-gone-wrong movie ever made".
The last film in standard aspect ratio to be made by Robert Wise.
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).
Shelley Winters took the part without reading the script, based on her co-stars, director Robert Wise, and the fact that it would film in New York City.
One of the first productions from Harry Belafonte's own company, HarBel Productions.
In some scenes, Robert Wise used infra-red film to give them a slightly distorted feel.
Mel Stewart's film debut.
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The original title for the movie was 'Reach For Tomorrow'.
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