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6 /10
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7.25 /10
Robert Young , Robert Mitchum , Robert Ryan
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Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Written by: John Paxton , from Richard Brooks's novel, The Brick Foxhole

Released: 1947
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 86

An anti-semitic soldier (Robert Ryan) is suspected of murdering a Jew in a New York hotel.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Acclaimed thriller about anti-semitism (it's against it). The original novel was about hatred of black people; Hollywood presumably didn't think the moviegoing masses were quite ready to swallow that message. Critics admired its stand against bigotry. Even now, it's often called Dmytryk's best picture, and he does make the most of his small budget; but he settles on no consistent style: some of it is stagey or naturalistic, some of it expressionist and distorted, and there isn't always an easy transition between the two approaches. Still, there are gripping performances from the three Roberts (Ryan, Young and Mitchum).

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