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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | November 1959 (USA)
Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

William P. McGivern (based on a novel by), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay by) (as John O. Killens) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Ingram
Robert Ryan ... Slater
Shelley Winters ... Lorry
Ed Begley ... Burke
Gloria Grahame ... Helen
Will Kuluva ... Bacco
Kim Hamilton ... Ruth
Mae Barnes ... Annie
Richard Bright ... Coco
Carmen De Lavallade ... Kitty
Lew Gallo ... Moriarity
Lois Thorne Lois Thorne ... Eadie
Wayne Rogers ... Soldier in Bar
Zohra Lampert ... Girl in Bar
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Police Chief
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Storyline

Dave Burke is looking to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid: Earle Slater, a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram, a black gambler. Both are reluctant; but Burke arranges for Ingram's creditors to put pressure on him, while Slater feels humiliated by his failure to provide for his girlfriend; they eventually accept. But Slater loathes and despises blacks, and the tensions in the gang rapidly mount. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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The Director of "I Want to Live" Makes You Live The Suspense of Your Lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

When Johnny is rudely interrupting the female singer, she says "Harry, please", using Belafonte's real name instead of his character's name. See more »

Quotes

Bacco: I'll kill you and everything you own!
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Connections

Featured in Sing Your Song (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

My Baby's Not Around
Written by Harry Belafonte and Milton Okun
Performed by Harry Belafonte
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crime noir with race conflict
14 November 2000 | by kinolieberSee all my reviews

Good low budget heist film. Ryan's character is one of the ugliest portrayals of a white racist in film. Belafonte's character is one of the most multi-faceted and complex potrayals of an African American up until that time, and the performance doesn't date at all. Wise keeps the pacing taut and the suspense high. There's great black and white location shooting in New York City and upstate in Hudson, New York. Other things of interest: it's written by black-listed Abraham Polonsky under a pseudonym (check out his great "Force of Evil"); Cicely Tyson appears in a bit part; Richard Bright portrays a pretty overt homosexual for the time; early use of a zoom lens and infrared photography; edited by Dede Allen; some interiors shot at the old Gold Medal Studios in the Bronx.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Odds Against Tomorrow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HarBel Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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