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Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 9 November 1947 (USA)
A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writer:

Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Charley Davis
Lilli Palmer ... Peg Born
Hazel Brooks ... Alice
Anne Revere ... Anna Davis
William Conrad ... Quinn
Joseph Pevney ... Shorty Polaski
Lloyd Gough ... Roberts (as Lloyd Goff)
Canada Lee ... Ben Chaplin
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Storyline

Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of a guy that women go for! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Affair of the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Enterprise Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A remarkable 12 members of the cast and crew had been or went on to become directors: actors William Conrad, Sid Melton, George Tyne and Joseph Pevney, writer Abraham Polonsky, cinematographer James Wong Howe, editor Robert Parrish, supervising editor Francis D. Lyon, montage director Gunther von Fritsch, art director Nathan Juran (aka Nathan Hertz), assistant director Robert Aldrich and script supervisor Don Weis. Additionally, set decorator Edward G. Boyle directed a film in the silent era. See more »

Goofs

Charley Davis's fiancee, Peg, leaves him a note and misspells his name, "Charlie." See more »

Quotes

Quinn: [to Alice] He could've had the whole world. So he leaned over sideways and grabbed you.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
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The Best Film of its Genre
27 July 2005 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

When considering the factors that contributed to making this movie one of truly great cinema classics, such as the story, the direction, the dialogue, the pathos, the conflicts, the supporting cast, the one factor that most directly contributed to making this movie great was that of it's star, John Garfield. Here, Garfield plays Charlie Davis, a brooding, moody, cynical, angry young man traumatized by his father's untimely and violent death and determined to literally fight his way out of poverty, no matter what it takes. Yet, Charlie Davis is likable, for despite the hardened exterior, he is still fundamentally a good man who is struggling to do what is right despite the pressure to cave in to those who merely want to use him. And although Charlie weakens, he never breaks, and when put to the test, his basic honesty and strength shine through, which makes him a hero and which transforms this movie from just another boxing movie into a true cinematic classic.


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