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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.44 /10
Kirk Douglas , Arthur Kennedy , Marilyn Maxwell
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Directed by: Mark Robson
Written by: Carl Foreman , from Ring Lardner's story.

Released: 1949
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 99

A boxer (Kirk Douglas) fights his way to the top.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Carl Foreman's hostile, unromantic view of boxing has lost the shock value it had on release, but still impresses with its action sequences (for which editor Harry Gerstad won an Oscar and cinematographer Franz Planer was nominated). Kirk Douglas is unpleasant but charismatic; too bad the film-makers softened his character by making him love his ma. Dmitri Tiomkin contributes one of his best scores, for which he too received an Oscar nomination.

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