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Force of Evil [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Garfield , Thomas Gomez , Abraham Polonsky    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts
  • Directors: Abraham Polonsky
  • Writers: Abraham Polonsky, Ira Wolfert
  • Producers: Bob Roberts
  • 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: 11 May 2004
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US6DC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! If you like Film Noir this is a must! 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a brilliant reminder of the talent of director Abraham Polonsky. The film pulls you our of your seat and sucks you into a claustraphobic nightmare, where you don't know who to trust or who even to mistrust.
A traditionaly dark tale full of half shadows, filmed at night, and in small offices. when a gangland boss pulls his lawyer (Garfield) into the numbers racket, and he in turn pulls down his brother there is no hope of redemption.
this film never slows, and the fantastic romance relationship seems to thrust the plot forward keeping up it's momentum, just as much as the action scenes do.
this is a must see ... but you'll be forever more listening out for that little click whenever you pick up the telephone...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of darkness 12 Dec 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Force of Evil is one of those films where everything is just right. The script is superb, the cast excellent - with John Garfield and Thomas Gomez on top form - and the numbers scam at its heart all too believable. The relationship between Garfield's numbers racket lawyer and Beatrice Pearson's `nice' girl is also beautifully realised: in most films, the `nice' girl offers the chance of redemption, but this turns that cliché completely on its head - his interest is just to see how easy it will be to corrupt her, and they're both well aware that she really DOES want to be corrupted but needs to be talked into it to give her conscience an excuse. Mirroring his similar efforts to talk his brother into the clutches of the mob, the dialogue in these scenes is astonishingly good, carrying and complimenting the theme of the film but never hitting you over the head with it. And the explosive moment of panic-stricken murder is as powerful as it is unexpectedly intense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "FORCE OF EVIL" (25 December 1948) (78 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Garfield is Joe Morse, a slick, self-centered lawyer who knows the law but feels he's above it --- He practices on Wall Street and has his eyes on millions, working on retainer for racketeer Ben Tucker (Roberts) --- The policy czar plans to have the number 776 come up on July 4; knowing that most people will bet on it, Tucker hopes to bankrupt and take over most of the city's smaller numbers operations --- Without spilling the beans, Joe attempts to get his kindly brother Leo (Gomez) to shut down for one day, but the stubborn older man feels obligated to let his regulars take their holiday chances --- Joe arranges for a police raid to break his brother's spirit, but to no avail --- After Tucker achieves his expected success on the Fourth, Leo's people, including bookkeeper Doris (Pearson), become nervous about the gangsters suddenly in their midst.

Dark and brooding, the film offers one of Garfield's greatest performances as the cynical, hard-as-nails lawyer --- A tour de force for gifted writer Polonsky, this film was the only film he directed before he was blacklisted for being an uncooperative witness before HUAC in 1951; he didn't direct another feature for 21 years --- At its best, the film achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir.

Force of Evil is one of those rare film masterpieces in which the story, script, casting, acting, direction, photography, and sound design work in perfect harmony to create a taut and deeply enjoyable story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Force of Evil is directed by Abraham Polonsky, who also adapts the screenplay from the Ira Wolfert novel Tucker's People. It stars John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Beatrice Pearson, Marie Windsor, Howard Chamberlain and Roy Roberts. Music is by David Raksin and cinematography by George Barnes. Plot finds Garfield as lawyer Joe Morse, who works for powerful gangster Ben Tucker (Roberts). Tucker has a plan to control all of the numbers rackets in New York, something that with the fix on the numbers up and coming for the 4th July, will see all of the smaller number rackets go bust. This is a problem for Morse because his big brother Leo (Gomez), is one such operator, an honest good guy who did everything he could to ensure that Joe had a proper start in life.

It has come to be regarded as an influential and important movie in the film noir pantheon. Big critics, big film makers and film noir aficionados, all have queued up to salute Polonsky's film. If it's worthy of such elegant praise will always be debatable, but film does have a uniqueness about it, using stylised dialogue passages and in opening up a corrupt and socially bankrupt can of worms for the cinema loving world, Polonsky has crafted a thematically potent 1940's crime picture. The exchanges between Garfield and love interest Pearson, have an almost poetic flow to them, this in a film that for most of its running time shows that badness can not be beaten, or at best that it can't be railed against or broken away from so easily. While the biblical tones, both allusions and allegorically speaking, also give the picture some added power. Though mostly talky in the main, it does burst into shocking violence for its final quarter, with a finale that contains distress segueing into the possibility of spiritual regeneration.....
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