Act of Violence
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An unusually disturbing noir from a director better known for more mainstream fare like High Noon and From Here to Eternity, Act of Violence focuses on a WWII veteran haunted by his past. A film that was close to the director's heart, he said that it represented "the first time that I felt confident that I knew what I was doing and why I was doing it." Van Heflin stars as Frank Enley, a contractor living a peaceful life in a small California town, when Joe Parkson, a man who served in the army with him, arrives in the area, intent on killing him. He follows Frank to a lake where… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is strong meat for the heavy drama addicts, tellingly produced and played to develop tight excitement."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A terrific film noir directed by the great Fred Zinnemann. Reflects growing disillusionment with American society linked to the emerging Cold War."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Zinnemann shows a knack for suspense and moral ambiguity that he unfortunately abandoned in his later Oscar-mongering prestige pictures."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A tense melodrama..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Grim, exciting film noir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Zinnemann's film noir is a rather cynical dig at post-war triumphalism, which questions ideas of heroism."
‑ , Film4
"Fred Zinnemann's best movie"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A complex, fascinating noir that exposes the grim truths behind the shiny, fragile fašade of post-war America."
‑ Mark Freeman, Senses of Cinema
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