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4.0 out of 5 stars It's been a pleasure meeting you, Mr. Wade.
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Boomerang is directed by Elia Kazan, based on a story written by Fulton Oursler (Anthony Abbot), with the screenplay written by Richard Murphy. It stars Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Ed Begley & Karl Malden. Plot is based around a true story, a case that even today remains unsolved, where a...
Published on 25 Nov. 2010 by Spike Owen

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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Exremely wooden in parts, I found myself losing interest as a result.
Kazan is no Preminger, and the documentary style he attempts here fails miserably in my opinion.
The actors seem to just go through the motions, almost as though they are in a dream.
It isn't terriible, but it isn't a classic by a long chalk.
Andrews was brilliant in Laura, a film in...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's been a pleasure meeting you, Mr. Wade., 25 Nov. 2010
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Boomerang [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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Boomerang is directed by Elia Kazan, based on a story written by Fulton Oursler (Anthony Abbot), with the screenplay written by Richard Murphy. It stars Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy, Ed Begley & Karl Malden. Plot is based around a true story, a case that even today remains unsolved, where a priest was shot and murdered in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924. A vagrant and ex-serviceman (here played by Kennedy) was indicted for the murder. The evidence at first glance seemed solid, but the state attorney (Andrews here) on prosecution duties wasn't convinced and set about deconstructing the evidence. Much to the shock of his superiors and others with vested interests.

Gripping melodrama told in semi-documentary style and filmed on location in Stamford, Connecticut (Kazan was refused permission to actually film in Bridgeport). As a crime story it's as solid as it gets, dripping with realism and filling out the plot with may notable points of reference. Political pressures, police procedural, corruption, unstable witnesses, bitter dames and of course an innocent man on trial for his life (we know the latter since it's based on facts and Kazan lets us in on it early on). It's all in there for a taut, suspenseful and noirishly well told story. The acting is top dollar, both from the leads and an impressive supporting cast. While even tho more time should have been afforded the "dodgy dealings" aspects, it slots into place nicely enough to still leave us splendidly agitated at the no resolution outcome. It's all in the build up and execution. 7/10
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In response to the review from 'moggie', 14 Mar. 2014
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Let's get this straight, moggie. You mistakenly purchased a DVD that your region-coded player can't play. Annoyed that the DVD wasn't an all-region disc (ignoring the fact that most DVDs are regionally coded), you give THE FILM a one-star rating!

That is mind-numbingly absurd!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 16 April 2015
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This review is from: Boomerang [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Exremely wooden in parts, I found myself losing interest as a result.
Kazan is no Preminger, and the documentary style he attempts here fails miserably in my opinion.
The actors seem to just go through the motions, almost as though they are in a dream.
It isn't terriible, but it isn't a classic by a long chalk.
Andrews was brilliant in Laura, a film in a totally diferent class.
Avoid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incorruptibility in Connecticut, 22 Feb. 2015
A liberal social-conscience movie typical of Kazan. Clearly photographed and crisply directed with very decent performances by some of his usual crew (Lee J.Cobb especially) plus Dana Andrews. A bit obvious in some ways and the courtroom drama depends rather too much on the 'rabbits out of the hat' technique but it makes its point quickly and efficiently. Weirdly titled if you think about it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Aug. 2014
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Andrew Parr "Stoke Prior Andy" (Bromsgrove, Worcs, UK) - See all my reviews
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great stuff. thanks
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Aug. 2014
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Dvd is great
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2 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boomerang, 5 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Boomerang [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I was looking forward to watching this film,however,I didn't realise it was region one so was unable to enjoy it. Maybe one day it will be produced for all regions.
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