Act of Violence
Act of Violence (1948)

In this suspenseful film noir a crippled veteran sets out to exact revenge upon the coward who betrayed his comrades while they were all interred in a POW camp during WW II. By this time, the betrayer has become a prominent contracter and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 31, 2007
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It is strong meat for the heavy drama addicts, tellingly produced and played to develop tight excitement.

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Louis Proyect

A terrific film noir directed by the great Fred Zinnemann. Reflects growing disillusionment with American society linked to the emerging Cold War.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Zinnemann shows a knack for suspense and moral ambiguity that he unfortunately abandoned in his later Oscar-mongering prestige pictures.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Technically Act of Violence touches all the bases in its circuit chase. But it is as though it were doing it on the strength of a long, foul ball.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Grim, exciting film noir.

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Zinnemann's film noir is a rather cynical dig at post-war triumphalism, which questions ideas of heroism.

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Fernando F. Croce

Fred Zinnemann's best movie

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Emanuel Levy

One of MGM's best film noirs and one of Zinnemann's early films to deal with what would become a recurrent issue in his owrk: Men tormented by moral conscience, here in the context of a WWII revenge medlodrama

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Mark Freeman
Senses of Cinema

A complex, fascinating noir that exposes the grim truths behind the shiny, fragile fašade of post-war America.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
interesting scenario of sympathetic family man van heflin being stalked by a slightly crazed robert ryan for something bad that happened in the war. the ending… More
Michael Gildea
Act of Violence is a pretty forgettable and unremarkable noir that explains revenge as it's plot but doesn't really make you believe it. Robert Ryan… More