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The Good Die Young  [DVD]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
A gripping tale of hope coupled with desperation that ends in tragedy.
Highly recommended to all!
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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Great film but this is a vhs transfer and is very poor quality and is certainly not an official release, bewarePublished 14 months ago by Tonedog
A little thin on multiple plots. Probably state of the art for 1954.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this DVD. Tense thriller that delved into the characters personalities and weaknesses.Its still quite gripping despite its agePublished on 23 July 2013 by Paul