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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

When Frank explains to Edith what happened in the POW camp, he sits on the stairs and places both hands on the upper hand rail. The camera cuts, and he has one hand on the upper rail, the other hand on the middle. See more »

Quotes

Frank R. Enley: [desperately looking for Johnny] Where do I find him? Where does he live?
Pat: I don't know. Nobody knows!
Frank R. Enley: Well, there must be some way I can find...
Pat: Guys like him don't tell where they live!
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A minor classic
24 July 2000 | by superstar49See all my reviews

I caught this film on TCM recently. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it but was sucked in thanks to the mystery of why Van Heflin's character was being stalked by Robert Ryan. Revealing why would spoil it for most people, but I highly recommend watching the film. Quite frankly this could be another classic Hollywood film noir, as it takes place in 1940's Los Angeles, and includes many famous landmarks, like the extinct "Angel's Flight."

Janet Leigh, in her fifth film, gives a fine performance as Heflin's concerned wife, and Mary Astor is a real delight as the woman who befriends Heflin in his state of panic.

This would make an excellent remake today, if done in the style of "L.A. Confidential." Catch this film sometime if you can. You'll enjoy it.


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