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Human Desire [DVD]

Glenn Ford , Gloria Grahame , Fritz Lang    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,401 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) needs the intervention of his beautiful wife Vicki (Gloria Grahame) to keep his job, so Vicki meets with Carl's boss, Owens, and Carl's job is secured. Insanely jealous, Carl finds Vicki with Owens on board a train, he brutally beats her and kills Owens. Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford) an off-duty train engineer, protects Vicki and they begin an affair. Still obsessively jealous, Carl turns to drink and blackmails Vicki into staying with him. Vicki then comes up with a plan for Jeff to dispose of her violent husband.....

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You never knew me. 3 April 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Human Desire is directed by Fritz Lang and adapted for the screen by Alfred Hayes from the story "The Human Beast" written by Émile Zola. It stars Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Broderick Crawford. Music is by Daniele Amfitheatrof and Burnett Guffey is the cinematographer. The story had been filmed twice before, as Die Bestie im Menschen in 1920 and La Bête humaine in 1938.

The plot revolves around a love triangle axis involving Jeff Warren (Ford), Vicki Buckley (Grahame) and Carl Buckley (Crawford). Crawford's Railroad Marshall gets fired and asks his wife, Viki, to sweet talk one of the yards main investors, John Owens (Grandon Rhodes), into pressuring his yard boss into giving him his job back. But there is a history there, and Carl is beset with jealousy when Viki is away for far too long. It's his jealousy that will start the downward spiral of events that will change their lives forever, with Jeff firmly in the middle of the storm.

The Production Code of the time ensured that Fritz Lang's take on the Zola novel would be considerably toned down. Thus some of the sex and violence aspects in the narrative give way to suggestion or aftermath. However, for although it may not be in the top tier of Lang's works, it's still an involving and intriguing picture seeping with film noir attributes. It features a couple of wretched characters living a bleak existence, what hope there is is in short supply and pleasures are futile, stymied by jealousy and murder. Thrust in to the middle of such hopelessness is the bastion of good and pure honesty, Jeff Warren, fresh from serving his country in the Korean War.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent noir movie 23 Nov 2010
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This is an excellent noir movie, with Ford playing one of onnly a handful of anti-hero roles in his career (normally he played the hero, with only light shades of "character gray" showing now and then). The ending is perfect, and the scenes shot from the trains are spectactular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling passion that kills 15 Mar 2011
By John P.
Picture and sound quality are more than acceptable.

As for the movie itself, not exactly one of Fritz Lang's masterpieces but it surely has its own potency and suspense. Apart from that, what makes the film worth seeing is the presence of Hollywood legends such as Gloria Grahame, a fatal spider woman prototype, and Glenn Ford reminding at times of Jack Nicholson in ''The postman always rings twice''.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Train Noir 6 July 2011
Glenn Ford is excellent ,as are all supporting actors, in this great relationship,femme fatale based film noir. Great photography and well paced this is not the most deadly noir but has enough good plot and sub plots to keep going at a decent speed.I especially like all the train scences throughout as they add a dark atmosphere to this story. Recommended.
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