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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.)
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French director Jean-Pierre Melville credited this film with being a formative influence on his work and made references to it in his films.
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Wayne Rogers' film debut.
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James Ellroy called it "just the best heist-gone-wrong movie ever made".
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The last film in standard aspect ratio to be made by Robert Wise.
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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).
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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.
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One of the first productions from Harry Belafonte's own company, HarBel Productions.
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In some scenes, Robert Wise used infra-red film to give them a slightly distorted feel.
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Mel Stewart's film debut.
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The original title for the movie was 'Reach For Tomorrow'.
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