Dark Passage
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Robert Montgomery's 1946 film Lady in the Lake attempted to tell the entire story with a "subjective camera": shooting the film from the point of view of the main character, with the camera acting as his "eyes". The first hour or so of Dark Passage does the same thing--and the results are far more successful than anything seen in Montgomery's film. Humphrey Bogart heads the cast as an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder. After being forced to beat up a man (Clifton Young) from whom he's hitched a ride, Bogart hides out in the apartment of… More
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"The structure and character sense of the David Goodis novel are intact, and a full-throttle supporting cast has a ball with meaty parts."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"An odd, atmospheric 1947 thriller."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An example of how star power can compensate plot, this is the least electric of the Bogart-Bacall pairings; luckily, there's Agnes Moorehead, the screen's best hornet, to intervene whenever the going gets too lackadasical."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the great San Francisco films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Moody noir semi-classic with Bogie and Bacall."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The story is involving, the atmosphere is as starkly noir as anything Bogart participated in, and the dynamic between the leads is as conspicuous as ever."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"What starts out as a thriller switches en route into a sagging, psychological drama, but recovers in time to give out with the satisfying gory stuff."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Dark Passage isn't a particularly good film - there's a lot of disparate elements that never quite sew themselves together. It's a crazy patchwork made up of different pieces of other movies."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Exquisite."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Maybe not one of the great noirs, but certainly one of the good ones."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This thriller is not quite up to the best Hitchcock, but it does prove that Delmer Daves is a man to watch. And The Dark Passage is a picture to see."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Even though bored by the story -- which, because of its sag, you may be -- you can usually enjoy the scenery, which is as good as a travelogue."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Delmer Daves' paramount noir dreamscape"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The plot has some admirable twists and turns and Agnes Moorehead, as the villainess, has three wonderfully showy scenes."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A minor classic in the noir genre."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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