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Odd Man Out [1946] [DVD]

James Mason , Dennis O'Dea , Carol Reed    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Mason, Dennis O'Dea, Robert Newton, W.G. Fay, Kathleen Ryan
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Producers: Carol Reed
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZDGYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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James Mason plays a hitman in this tense, atmospheric thriller from the director of 'The Third Man'. Johnny (James Mason) is the idealistic leader of an illegal organisation whi is on the run after escaping from prison. An attempt to hold up a linen mill goes wrong and Johnny is badly wounded. As the police hunt him down, Johnny searches for Kathleen, the woman who loves him.

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Odd Man Out is a British classic from 1947 that fits the film noir definition in almost every respect. It's one of the milestones of its era, highlighted by what is arguably the best performance in the illustrious career of James Mason, here playing the leader of an underground Irish rebel organisation, who is seriously wounded when a payroll heist goes sour. Left for dead by his accomplices on the streets of Belfast he's forced to hide wherever he can find shelter and as his gunshot wound gradually drains his life away, his lover (Kathleen Ryan) struggles to locate him before it's too late.

Although the IRA and Belfast are never mentioned by name, this film was a daring and morally complex examination of Northern Ireland's "troubles" and the compelling tragedy hasn't lost any of its impact. A study of conscience in crisis and the bitter aftermath of terrorism, this was one of the first films to address IRA activities on intimately human terms. Political potency is there for those who seek it, but the film is equally invigorating as a riveting story of a tragic figure on the run from the law, forced to confront the wrath of his own beliefs in the last hours of his life. It was this brilliant, unforgettable film that established the directorial prowess of Carol Reed, whose next two films (The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) were equally extraordinary. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd Man Out - 2012 Network Blu-ray 19 Jun. 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The story goes that by 1947 James Mason, then the biggest actor in Britain, was frustrated at what he perceived as the mediocre quality of British films, and that it was due to this that he was unable to break out of Britain and gain exposure in Hollywood. Then he saw the screenplay for Carol Reed's 'Odd Man Out', took the lead part of Johnny McQueen, played it to perfection (now widely considered his best-ever performance), and duly ensured Hollywood came calling.

The films quickly starts off with a simple story of an Northern Irish gang who carry out an armed robbery. The leader of the gang, McQueen is rusty after spending some months in prison, and when he falls from the escape car he finds himself lost in the streets of Belfast. It would be wrong to go into anymore detail of the story, but watching this film today, some 65 years after it was made, it really does seem that everything fell together just right here. Mason is flawless, but the supporting actors are perfectly cast, from his lover (Kathleen Ryan), to the eccentric painter Lukey (Robert Newton). Even William Hartnell, the original Doctor Who, has a solid role. If you look closely in the tram scene, you'll even see Steptoe himself, Wilfrid Brambell, in his first (non-speaking) appearance. The thing that really makes 'Odd Man Out' stand out as one of the best British films is the virtuoso direction by Carol Reed. Though he would become more known for The Third Man, released two years later, some of the imagery here is supreme. We get McQueen, late in the film, suffering and hallucinating as the paintings come off the wall and begin to circle the room, coming to rest in front of him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Withstands the Test of Time! 10 Jan. 2007
By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Recalling my fondness for James Mason as an actor, I recently bought a DVD of "The Desert Fox." Although Mason is as usual excellent in the title role, the film itself seems so dreadfully dated! I then realized that my continued regard for Mason as an actor actually stems from his performance as Johnny McQueen, in Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out," which I first saw as a child (Mason's luminous interpretation of the dying McQueen has cast a glow on my memory of all his performances, including a hypothetical reading of the telephone book!). I can never forget the scene in the artist's garret when, in a moment of recognition, McQueen speaks "with the tongues of men and of angels."

"Odd Man Out" does not disappoint, even after sixty years. It still brings fresh tears to my eyes. How can the film miss with the nuanced direction of Carol Reed, the haunting music of William Alwyn, and the splendid cinematography of Robert Krasker--to say nothing of the actors? Every character--from the urchins on the street to the anonymous passers-by--some who help; others who hinder--is perfect. Kathleen Ryan gives a beautifully understated performance as the woman who will die for McQueen, and Robert Newton is brilliant in the role of Lukey, an artist, whom starvation has driven beyond the point of madness. The actors, who play Lukey's companions-in-misery--Shell, a down-and-outer looking for rewards, and Tober, a ruined medical student, whose Eton accent speaks of better times--are splendid.

As for Mason, "Odd Man Out" brought him fame as well as the attention of Hollywood, and a subsequent series of mediocre--albeit entertaining--potboilers, in which his gifted performances simply do not compare to his timeless interpretation of the Irish militant, Johnny McQueen. Jamie, we hardly knew you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's the duty of all of us. 29 Nov. 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Johnny McQueen is an IRA leader who breaks out of prison and for 6 months hides out at the house of adoring Kathleen. Here he plots a robbery of a Belfast mill to fund his underground organisation, the robbery doesn't go to plan and Johnny kills a man in a struggle outside the mill, he himself is shot and fails to make the getaway with his accomplices...

If ever there was a film that defines the statement of film on canvass then this is it, it's a gorgeous piece of work relying on striking imagery and dialogue driven smartness to realise the demise of Johnny McQueen. We watch (and listen intensely) as Johnny lurches through the back streets of Belfast knowing he is dying, he has most of the city looking for him, be it the law, or friends, or those that want to cash in on him, his destiny is not so much carved in stone, but more like written in blood in the snow.

The amazing feeling I got with this film is that I felt like I was dying as well, and I think that is one of the film's great strengths, director Carol Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker put you into the mindset of McQueen, the doom hangs heavy, the distortion and hallucinogenic free fall for the last reel hangs heavy on the viewer, it's a stifling masterclass. Some of the shots are beautiful, especially once the snow starts to fall to accentuate the Victorian backdrops, but consistently we also get moist and misty cobbled streets lit by gas lamps, providing moody shadows of humans and buildings alike. While Krasker offers up his photographic atmospherics, Reed excels with scenes such as portraits forming together in front of McQueen, or faces appearing in spilled beer bubbles; images wrung out of McQueen's feverish mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm going away with my friend." by the Sandpipers
Leading up to the day of the film was the war of independence in 1922.

An IRA revolutionary and ex-con Johnny McQueen (James Mason) is in evolved with a botched robbery... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars "Close the door and forget about me"
Odd Man Out could well be Carol Reed's most accomplished film. Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland a group of men who work for the 'organisation', prepare a bank job to gather funds. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colonel Decker
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Published 6 months ago by A Attenborough
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile film.
It's a film not of the cause of Northern Ireland but of the different characters of people. This film deals mostly with psychology using only as a background the situation in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angelica Kosmidou
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Film
Made as the first of an outstanding trio of films by director Carol Reed, this 1947 'political drama’, with an outstanding screenplay by F L Green and R C Sherriff, is a true... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! Essential Purchase!
I have been watching a lot of really great films recently and this one stands out particularly. It combines so many wonderful elements (as does Third Man) - suspense, emotional... Read more
Published 17 months ago by rossa
5.0 out of 5 stars dramatic and ultimately sad film depicting troubled times in Eire's...
Very gripping, dramatic and ultimately sad film depicting troubled times in Eire's history. Very underplayed and the more effective for that!
Published 18 months ago by Chortonite
4.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to all the expectations - Great movie
First a few words about this particular DVD package. Very good indeed. Nicely digitally remastered and a good clean print. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars She'll take You Home Again Johnny
The film opens convincingly and downbeat, quite talky but nicely noir and clearly well-made. It gives you confidence in a tale likely to be well-told in a solid British tradition. Read more
Published on 13 May 2013 by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Great DVD, goos storyline and delivered very quickly. We were very impressed by this one and the quality of the recording was very good.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by Jay Jay
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