Act Of Violence

  • 1949
  • 1 HR 22 MIN
  • NR
  • Crime

Grim, exciting film noir in which Ryan, a crippled war veteran, seeks out Heflin to revenge the latter's betrayal of fellow prisoners during WW II. When Heflin, a successful contractor, learns that he is being hunted, he panics and his dormant feelings of guilt come to the surface, coupled with fear created by Ryan's promise to kill him. In a masterful...read more

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Grim, exciting film noir in which Ryan, a crippled war veteran, seeks out Heflin to revenge the latter's betrayal of fellow prisoners during WW II. When Heflin, a successful contractor, learns that he is being hunted, he panics and his dormant feelings of guilt come to the surface, coupled

with fear created by Ryan's promise to kill him. In a masterful performance Heflin confesses to Leigh that he turned informer in a prison camp believing that the escape plan of his men was doomed to failure and that he would save their lives by revealing their plans; instead they were slaughtered,

except for Ryan who was crippled for life and vowed vengeance. Ryan plays a psychological game of threatening phone calls, notes, and messages to Leigh, so that Heflin believes he can protect his wife only by fleeing into the bowels of the city. A sympathetic tart is convincingly portrayed by

Astor. Kroeger, a stone killer, hears of Heflin's plight and agrees to murder Ryan for a price. As Ryan closes in for the kill, Thaxter, his girl friend, pleads with him to give up his vendetta; he pauses, a sure target for Kroeger, but, at the last minute, Heflin vindicates himself by sacrificing

himself to save his pursuer. A hard-hitting melodrama with all-around tough performances.

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