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Enforcer [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Humphrey Bogart , Zero Mostel , Raoul Walsh , Bretaigne Windust    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh, Bretaigne Windust
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Dec 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000EYUDY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty crime film well worth a look 22 Dec 2007
"The Enforcer" was directed by Bretaigne Windust (and Raoul Walsh, uncredited) in 1951 and starred Humphrey Bogart in the lead role as a District Attorney attempting to send a crime organization boss to the chair. Its loosely based on an organization, dubbed Murder Inc. by the press, who in the 1930's and 40's performed contract killings for the mob in the New York area. It is believed that they performed hundreds of such 'contracts'. "The Enforcer" is a gritty crime film with strong elements of film noir in many scenes which follows the investigation through a series of flashback sequences which is similar to Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) and The Killers (Siodmak, 1946). While the direction is a bit rough around the edges, relying on some docu-noir techniques in many scenes, it is however an engaging film. What is interesting about this film and what makes it a somewhat menacing film is the weapons of choice in this organization: Knives and Icepicks. While you don't actually see any of the killings, it is implied and that makes it all the more menacing.

This is a good film and should appeal to fans of gangster films and film noir of the period.

The DVD transfer is not brilliant but it doesn't show any major damage.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, Crime and terrible bow ties. 12 Jan 2001
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This is a Bogart classic, combining his usual hard as nails persona with a typical 40's documentary style. It might not be Bogeys' best film, or the best gangster film you'll ever see, but for fans of the genre it's an interesting and entertaining film. Bogart plays the D.A (hence the terrible bow tie presumably- gangsters and detectives never, ever wear bow ties in the movies) on the trail proffessional killers in the mobs' hey day, but as with most of these films the plot is no-where near as important as the style; and this film has that in abundance. Viewers should watch out for a host of the usual faces among the secondary cast including a very youthful Zero Mostel, who went on to be the man who staged 'Springtime for Hitler,' in Mel Brooks' 'The Producers,' appearing against type here as a trainee hit-man. Overall, a good film for fans of Bogart, ganster movies and a great film for fans of Bogart IN gangster movies, but just a little stilted for the casual viewer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bogart films from the 50's 9 Nov 2009
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This is definitely one of the best films Humphrey Bogart made during the 1950's, and it can even compete with some of his great movies from the 1940's. Bogart is superb as the inspector who has to find proof to keep a killer, who's about to be discharged from jail, locked up. Looking back over the evidence and several testimonies he's trying to find a clue that was overlooked at first.

Highly recommended to any fan of Bogart and/or crime stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, gritty, disturbing 21 Mar 2011
By Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I think you would be very hard pushed to find a bad Bogart film and, with "The Enforcer" ("Murder Inc."), you won't find it here! A hardworking, plain-talking District Attorney, Martin Ferguson, (Bogart) is desperate to send the boss of a contract murder gang (Albert Mendoza) to the electric chair. However, such is the strength of this vicious criminal that his influence and the fear he evokes in his victims makes it almost impossible to "put him where he belongs". Indeed, the only witness, who is prepared to testify against his ex boss, is so terrified that, in a desperate attempt to flee, even while in protective custody, he falls to his death.

The story then begins in earnest; it focuses on Ferguson's desperate attempt to find some other evidence or witness, before the trial, which is set for the next day. The film then "backtracks" to show the train of events that lead to the formation of the criminal murder gang, as well as their demise. The key to the entire story is that the concept of murdering to order is completely new and revolutionary; prior to that time, it had never been thought of.

In a series of excellent scenes, the story of the men behind the murders is told, including the dreaded boss of the entire gang and how he, himself, came to start the "business".

"The Enforcer" is a hard man, but he has to be; it isn't the 21st Century and men walk around with "heaters"; they send the victims of their crimes to "the undertaker", who, in turn, performs the grisly task of disposing of the bodies in a local swamp! I don't envy those who have to dig them up and identify them from their rotted remains!!

Can another witness be found? If so, who will it be and how can (s)he be identified, persuaded to testify and prevented from being murdered?
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