Violent Saturday 1955

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A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank.

Starring:
Victor Mature, Lee Marvin
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DVD, Blu-ray

Violent Saturday

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Victor Mature, Lee Marvin, Richard Egan, Virginia Leith, Stephen McNally, Tommy Noonan
Director Richard Fleischer
Genres Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Victor Mature, Lee Marvin, Richard Egan, Virginia Leith, Stephen McNally, Tommy Noonan
Director Richard Fleischer
Genres Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Sherratt on 25 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the good news I've been waiting for! The first ever release of one of the Fifties underrated movies Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday, in sparkling blu-ray CinemaScope.
Eureka must be congratulated on their achievement for presenting this excellent film in all it's wide screen glory and 4.0 stereo sound, particularly as 20th Century Fox have had such bad press in the States issuing their archive CinemaScope classics in a dreadful pan and scan version. So please Eureka let us have more of these excellent presentations.
I don't intend to review the film as such (I will leave others to do the job) but to say it's an fast moving crime melodrama expertly played and directed. Put this version on your must have wish list.
Anthony Sherratt
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 12 May 2013
Format: DVD
This is when you need a 3 and a half on the Amazonometer. A bizarre mixture of soap opera and heist movie. Far too many sub-plots for comfort, some resolved, others not quite and some pretty unconvincing. However, the central robbery is well-handled, dialogue crisp at times and it has some pretty strong performances - let's praise Richard Egan's drunk. The most striking elements are the De Luxe colour which sits perfectly in colouring small town USA in the 50s and some quite surprising flashes of violence for the time. But chucking in the peeping Tom, the hard-up librarian and the sexpot wife of the copper mine owner with a yen for golf pros are all dilutants it could do without even if they are a 'commentary' on social 'issues'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Brandenville Broth.

Violent Saturday is directed by Richard Fleischer and adapted to screenplay by Sydney Boehm from the novel of the same name written by William L. Heath. It stars Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, J. Carrol Naish, Tommy Noonan, Ernest Borgnine, Virginia Leith and Sylvia Sidney. Music is by Hugo Friedhoffer and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

Stand Pat and Resist Evil.

A simmering powder keg of criminality told in beautiful De Luxe and CinemaScope, Violent Saturday is one of the definitions of a slow burn movie that pays off with explosive aplomb.

The town of Brandenville is the scene of a planned bank robbery by a trio of baddies led by Harper (McNally). The narrative has the trio arrive in town and plan for the robbery, as they move about the populace, a whole bunch of sub-plots pop up to maintain maximum interest and to of course set up the drama involving the robbery and the subsequent attempts at a getaway.

I don't blame him - she moves like a Swiss watch.

The characters are prime noir dwellers, they range from thieving dames and tramp wives, to a peeping tom, a drunkard husband and also a guilt ridden father, and this before we even get to the villains! Who, with Marvin in prime Benzedrine sniffing scumbag mode (he thinks nothing of hurting children), are truly shifty operators personified.

The Arizona locale is beautifully utilised by Fleischer and Clarke, belying the harsh side of the human condition that comes roaring out the Brandenville traps as the pic enters the final third. There's some murky moralising in said last third that irritates, more so when it involves a badly miscast Borgnine as a Quaker! While one character strand is annoyingly left dangling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By k.p.connelly on 31 Dec 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's well filmed, contrary to what another reviewer said. There's some heavy marital drama to fill it out, but there's a good thriller up front, Lee Marvin menacing as ever, and a slick leader. Ernet Borgnine as an Amish farmer, exuding piety, and Victor Mature as a non-war hero. The answer is violence.Great
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayes on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD
This review is for the French Blu ray release.
I'll not bother detailing the plot or the cast of this great little thriller because all those who know of it know all about it! Suffice to say that you can forget all the other release versions of Violent Saturday as this is the one to get.
I was never quite able to determine whether the expensive Spanish release DVD was actually an anamorphic transfer, and the disappointing Twilight Time release was most definitely a 4:3 Letterbox effort that purported to be the 'only available transfer'. Whatever they were, they barely had a 2.2: 1 aspect ratio. But finally, finally comes a beautiful blu ray release - from France! Given the title Les Inconnus Dans La Ville it is, in fact our old long lost friend Violent Saturday - in it's correct 2.55:1 aspect ratio at last, and with a nigh on perfect transfer and DTS 2 and 4 channel stereo sound.
Director Richard Fleischer's perfect Cinemascope compositions are shot magnificently by Charles G. Clarke and Hugo Freidhofer's sparse but driving score sounds great, too.
The Blu ray comes with two neat supplementary features: an analysis of Fleischer's work in general and Violent Saturday in particular, which is English with French subs and one which is in French with no subs - but looks like it would be equally informative if you understood French.
The Blu ray is available from Amazon France and is cheaper than the Spanish DVD, even with the postage to the UK. It comes in one of those nifty slimline cases within a cardboard slipcase. This release simply blows all other versions out of the water. Buy it now!!
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