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Act of Violence (21-Dec-1948)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Writers: Robert L. Richards; Collier Young

Musical Score: Bronislau Kaper

Producer: William H. Wright

Keywords: Thriller, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Harry Antrim
27-Aug-1884 18-Jan-1967 Vaudevillian, Hollywood character actor
Mary Astor
3-May-1906 25-Sep-1987 The Maltese Falcon
Connie Gilchrist
17-Jul-1895 3-Mar-1985 Character actress
Van Heflin
13-Dec-1910 23-Jul-1971 Till the Clouds Roll By
Taylor Holmes
16-May-1878 30-Sep-1959 Nightmare Alley
Janet Leigh
6-Jul-1927 4-Oct-2004 Psycho
Robert Ryan
11-Nov-1909 11-Jul-1973 Billy Budd
Phyllis Thaxter
20-Nov-1921 14-Aug-2012 The World of Henry Orient
Will Wright
26-Mar-1894 19-Jun-1962 Character actor


Van Heflin   ...   Frank R. Enley
Robert Ryan   ...   Joe Parkson
Janet Leigh   ...   Edith Enley
Mary Astor   ...   Pat
Phyllis Thaxter   ...   Ann
Berry Kroeger   ...   Johnny
Taylor Holmes   ...   Gavery
Harry Antrim   ...   Fred
Connie Gilchrist   ...   Martha
Will Wright   ...   Pop


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Jun-2006)

This was an excellent movie about a soldier accused of betraying his fellow soldiers. It featured powerful performances from Van Heflin and Robert Ryan, two of Hollywood's most capable and reliable performers. This film could almost be classiied in the film noir category because of its stark approach and bleak photographic background. In spite of Heflin's unfortunate behavior and Ryan's unsympathetic revenge-ridden action, the film engendered sympathy for both men. Both the acting and production values reached high levels.

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