Body and Soul (1947)
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Body and Soul (1947)
This film focuses on pugilist Joe Devlin's desperate bid to become the world's greatest fighter. Unfortunately, the battle to the top causes him to leave his values and principles behind; though it leads him to success, ultimately it takes him on a tragic dive from which he never recovers.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Trite is hardly the word for the plot, which was already wheezy by the time this minor classic was made in 1947, but Abraham Polonsky's script brings such tight, painful focus to the moral choices that it seems fresh and real."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"If the movie works today, it's probably because of Abraham Polonsky's beautiful screenplay, a rich desert plate filled with glorious, lowdown street and sports prose."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The fight film to which all others are compared."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script."
‑ , Time Out
"John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is tight, hard-hitting entertainment."
‑ , Film4
"Altogether this Enterprise picture rolls up a round-by-round triumph on points until it comes through with a climactic knockout that hits the all-time high in throat-catching fight films."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Now only seems gripping because of Garfield's gritty performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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