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The Good Die Young [1954] [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins, John Ireland
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Wienerworld Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC2HC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A story which delves behind the scenes of an armed robbery to find out the motivations of each of the four participants: American ex-GI Joe (Richard Basehart) wants to bring his British wife to the US, proffesional boxer Mike (Stanley Baker) is unable to work when his hand is broken, American airman Eddie (John Ireland) has deserted when he finds out that his wife has been unfaithful, and aristocrat Rave (Laurence Harvey) needs the money to pay off his wife's gambling debts.

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Top notch British thriller that Tarantino must have seen at some point as there are some close links to "Reservoir Dogs" with its tale of a bunch of strangers coming together to pull a heist and we learn about their backgrounds before the job takes place.

And what a cast!
Laurence Harvey in his prime and dripping sophisticated sexuality as the cruel head of the gang.
The great Stanley Baker in top 'hard guy with a heart' mode as a tragic ex-Boxer.
And supporting them we have John Ireland, Richard Basehart, a very young Joan Collins and a wonderfully horrible turn by Freda "Brides of Dracula" Jackson as Collin's manipulative Mother.

Nothing groundbreaking, but a solid watch and a great cast.
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I enjoyed this film quite a bit.I hadn't seen it for years,so I only remembered parts of it,as it went along.It was fun spotting all the old faces.Nice to see Laurence Harvey playing something a little more gritty than his usual fare.
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You can get a good idea about the type of film this is from the other reviews and the cast is certainly first rate. This product, however, is a rather shoddy example of a grey market bootleg from a less than pristine source transferred over several generations of media. If you want to see it that badly, take off your glasses and enjoy it. But know that this is what you are buying and don't expect a crisp picture.
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The Good Die Young is a cracking British Noir picture directed by Lewis Gilbert and featuring a strong cast of British and American actors. Laurence Harvey, Stanley Baker, Richard Basehart, John Ireland, Gloria Grahame, Margaret Leighton, Joan Collins and Rene Ray are the principals. While support comes from Robert Morley and Freda Jackson.

Adapted from the novel written by Richard MacAuley, the story starts with four men pulling up in a car, guns are passed around them and it's soon evident they are about to commit a serious crime. We are then taken through the sequences for each man, how they came to be at that point in time, what brought them together and their common interest; that of women trouble and financial strife. It's excellently structured by Gilbert, four separate stories, yet all of them are on the same track and heading towards the grim and potently "noirish" final quarter. Such is the way that we as viewers have been fully informed about our characters, the impact when things get violent is doubly strong. It takes you by surprise at first because the makers have given us a smooth set-up, and then there is the shock factor because these were not criminal men at the outset. But then..

A real pleasant surprise to this particular viewer was The Good Die Young, it's got fully formed characters within a tight and interesting story. The cast do fine work, yes one could probably complain a touch that the ladies are under written, but they each get in and flesh out the downward spiral of the male protagonists. Rene Ray is particularly impressive as the fraught wife of Stanley Baker's injured boxer, Mike, while Gloria Grahame (walking like a panther) is memorable as a bitch-a-like babe driving her husband Eddie (Ireland) to distraction.
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A marvellous film and probably one of Britain's best movies to come out of the 1950s. A brilliant story with an unpredictable ending. Includes a galaxy of stars from both sides of the Atlantic, and whose names will be familiar to old and young alike! From Joan Collins and Margaret Leighton, to Laurence Harvey and Stanley Baker!

A gripping tale of hope coupled with desperation that ends in tragedy.

Highly recommended to all!
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A new film to me, and a cracker it is too. No point in repeating anything other reviewers inform regarding the story, except to say the ending surprised me, and I thought I'd seen them all. Some of the best British gems were made in stark monochrome and come across better as a result. Here though, I totally agree that the picture quality needs attention, but then some Hollywood classics such as "The Quiet Man" have been issued with surprisingly less-than-expected quality transfers from what appears to be anything but the original prints (at least that's how they appear).

Many HollyWood (and British) great films will sell if ever a Blu-Ray release comes about (further restoration required for some of course), but "The Good Die Young" and too many like it need sales in the first place to prove they are worth wasting restoration time and money on for a future restored high definition release. We can only hope, as one day DVD's will be no longer. Until then, get this while you can - you won't be disappointed as long as you don't dwell too much on the softer picture.
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Terrific old melodrama,chock full of stars of the day. Only Joan Collins still surviving.Simple plot,probably made for for a few pounds,but full of atmosphere.It took me back to my childhood,so I found it very evocative.
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