Let No Man Write My Epitaph

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Adapted from Willard Motley's novel about life on Chicago's South Side, this is a heavy-handed drama further dragged down by weak performances. Winters plays a junkie mother trying to raise her kid right. Darren is her son, who becomes a concert pianist. Ives is the local force for morality who takes on sleazy drug dealer Montalban. Winters' overacting...read more

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Adapted from Willard Motley's novel about life on Chicago's South Side, this is a heavy-handed drama further dragged down by weak performances. Winters plays a junkie mother trying to raise her kid right. Darren is her son, who becomes a concert pianist. Ives is the local force for morality

who takes on sleazy drug dealer Montalban. Winters' overacting is a real problem since she's on the screen the majority of the time. Ives isn't much better, while Darren's acting style shows why his career was short-lived. Only Montalban comes off reasonably well in his cliched role. Director

Leacock did manage to create a properly gritty mood for the film, and many of the lesser characters are well drawn.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Adapted from Willard Motley's novel about life on Chicago's South Side, this is a heavy-handed drama further dragged down by weak performances. Winters plays a junkie mother trying to raise her kid right. Darren is her son, who becomes a concert pianist. I… (more)

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