Body and Soul
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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The fight film to which all others are compared.

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Time Out

Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky

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Film4

This is tight, hard-hitting entertainment.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Now only seems gripping because of Garfield's gritty performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
sure it's the same tired boxing cliches but polonsky's sharp dialogues and garfield's greatest performance made it well worth watching, for me at… More
Brian R
A look at the corrupt sides of professional boxing. John Garfield plays the corrupted boxer. Fast money, fast women, expensive high rise, a corrupted manager… More
Ken Stachnik
The original Rocky 2, complete with dying trainer
Anthony Valletta
Great film noir. A fantastic quote from Garfield at the end.
John Ballantine
Another classic that often gets missed. It was probably the greatest fight movie until Raging Bull came along. A real hidden gem.