Boomerang!
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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 uncover the truth. Closely based on the actual 1924 murder of Fr. Hubert Dahme in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the film was directed by the young Elia Kazan in a highly effective, semi-documentary style. Kazan shot most of the film on location, using high-contrast cinematography and an extremely mobile camera to create a palpable sense of urgency. The screenplay,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This 1947 film is limited in scope and feeling, but the superficial dramatics work well enough."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Kazan shot most of the film on location, using high-contrast cinematography and an extremely mobile camera to create a palpable sense of urgency."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Though not one of Kazan's best films, Boomerang is perfectly watchable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The performances, especially by Andrews, are spot on."
‑ , Film4
"Movie-makers should positively remember that a public story is a public trust."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The best work is done against the grain of Louis de Rochemont's newsreel tidiness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Elia Kazan, as an afterthought, comments he wished he played up the corruption part of the story in more detail."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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