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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 (novel), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Belafonte ... Johnny Ingram
Robert Ryan ... Earle Slater
Shelley Winters ... Lorry
Ed Begley ... Dave Burke
Gloria Grahame ... Helen
Will Kuluva ... Bacco
Kim Hamilton ... Ruth Ingram
Mae Barnes ... Annie
Richard Bright ... Coco
Carmen De Lavallade ... Kitty
Lew Gallo ... Moriarty
Lois Thorne Lois Thorne ... Eadie Ingram
Wayne Rogers ... Soldier in Bar
Zohra Lampert ... Girl in Bar
Allen Nourse Allen Nourse ... Melton 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 Fury...the Violence...the excitement of your Lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first productions from Harry Belafonte's own company, HarBel Productions. See more »

Goofs

As Robert Ryan drives to Melton, long shots show his car to be a somewhat dark color. In close shots, the car is much lighter. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Los Angeles Film Noir (2015) 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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