Boomerang! (1947)

Boomerang, directed by Elia Kazan, is a chilling film noir, the true story about the murder of a priest, the subsequent arrest and trial of a jobless drifter, and the efforts of young state's attorney Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews) to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1947 film is limited in scope and feeling, but the superficial dramatics work well enough.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Kazan shot most of the film on location, using high-contrast cinematography and an extremely mobile camera to create a palpable sense of urgency.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The unemphatic presentation of details, the use of locations, and strong performances from a largely non-professional supporting cast, lend the film authenticity and power.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not one of Kazan's best films, Boomerang is perfectly watchable.

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The performances, especially by Andrews, are spot on.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Movie-makers should positively remember that a public story is a public trust.

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Fernando F. Croce

The best work is done against the grain of Louis de Rochemont's newsreel tidiness

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Elia Kazan, as an afterthought, comments he wished he played up the corruption part of the story in more detail.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Filmed on location in my current hometown - Stamford CT - yay! Good buildup about political shenanigans related to the prosecution of a mysterious murder in… More
xGary Xx
An honest district attourney is pressured into convicting a man accused of the murder of a priest, but when he examines the evidence, he has second thoughts as… More
Aj V
A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
Michael Gildea
I was bored to tears. A man's conscience vs. a society's bloodlust to see someone... ANYONE hang for a murder. Political bureaucracy in a small town.
Randy Tippy
I'm teetering between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. I liked the essence more than I liked the premise of this politically motivated courtroom drama. Dana Andrews… More