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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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Taglines:

He's the only one that came out alive ... and now he wants my life ... to atone for the others' 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

MGM records show the film earned $703,000 in the United States and Canada and $426,000 overseas but lost $637,000 overall. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Joe Parkson bends the knee of his right leg, the 'lame' leg he has been nearly unable to bend throughout the entire story. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: [giving Enley a drink] Put hair on your chest!
Frank R. Enley: [he sighs and looks confused and disoriented] Who are you?
Johnny: Me? I'm a businessman. You and me are gonna do a little business. You got dough, friend?
[looking at Pat]
Johnny: That's why they hang around - on the chisel. But not me. I'm gonna earn it!
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a very intelligent film
9 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert Ryan and Van Heflin do a great job in this menacing film. Nice guy Heflin is being stalked and threatened by hot-head Ryan who personally blames him for cowardice and double-dealing during the war. But, since Ryan is so obviously "off his rocker", you really feel for Heflin and his family. After all, can't he just get on with his life? But, just when you think you've got this movie figured out, it hits you with some real surprises and intensity that raise it above the ordinary. Also, I guess I like it because I am a sucker for movies with actors like these two men--rather ordinary looking men who simply could act and act well. See it and see two highly under-appreciated craftsmen.


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