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Body And Soul

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  Body And Soul Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.91 /10
John Garfield , Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks
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Directed by: Robert Rossen
Written by: Abraham Polonsky

Released: 1947
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 104

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Body and Soul, which gets very bitter and discreetly leftish about commercialism in prize fighting, is really nothing much, I suppose, when you get right down to it. But it was almost continuously interesting and exhilarating while I watched it, mainly because everyone had clearly decided to do every scene to a finish and because, barring a few letdowns, scene after scene came off that way.

(James Agee, Nation)

Written with more integrity than usual... and James Wong Howe's shrewd camera elicits more frenzy from the championship bout than newsreels draw from the real thing.

(Stephen Belcher, New Movies)

Betrays an unusual awareness of certain social problems and challenges anyone to disprove the contention that environment is the force that shapes a man.


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