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Act of Violence (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | February 1949 (USA)
An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Robert L. Richards (screenplay), Collier Young (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Frank R. Enley
Robert Ryan ... Joe Parkson
Janet Leigh ... Edith Enley
Mary Astor ... Pat
Phyllis Thaxter ... Ann Sturges
Berry Kroeger ... Johnny
Taylor Holmes ... Gavery
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Fred Finney
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha Finney
Will Wright ... Pop
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Storyline

War veteran Frank Enley seems to be a happily married small-town citizen until he realises Joe Parkson is in town. It seems Parkson is out for revenge because of something that happened in a German POW camp, and when a frightened Enley suddenly leaves for a convention in L.A., Parkson is close behind. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Man Hunt No Woman's Kisses Could Stop! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akt der Gewalt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$703,000, 31 December 1948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,129,000, 31 December 1948
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1949. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Enley leaves Pat's room, the lighting on Pat suddenly changes from very shadowy to bright for no apparent reason. See more »

Quotes

Gavery: [Persuading Frank that Joe Parkson needs to be eliminated] You're the same man you were in Germany. You did it once, and you'll do it again. What do you care about one more man? You sent ten along already. Sure, you're sorry they're dead. That's the respectable way to feel. Get rid of this guy and feel sorry later. He dies... or you die. It's him... or you.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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An arresting postscript to WWII triumphalism
12 February 2000 | by jwarthen-3See all my reviews

This dark, unsettling film is surely too unhappy ever to have found much audience. But TCM's frequent showings will find it at last a few viewers interested in knowing some of the scarier aspects of the post-war period. A purported war-hero lives in terror of being revealed as having informed on fellow POW's, and by the time his traumatized accuser, Robert Ryan, has closed in to take vengeance, the punishment seems almost secondary to Van Heflin's self-torment. I grew up the son of a POW, and know the dark area, not discussed openly, surrounding those soldiers who were not noble or self-sacrificing.


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