Force of Evil
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John Garfield, in the best performance of his career, portrays Joe Morse, an ambitious attorney who has long since abandoned his scruples in favor of monetary reward. Morse now represents the interests of crime boss Ben Tucker (Roy Roberts), who plans to take over the numbers racket in New York. Morse has devised a way of doing this legally and above-board, with no violence: Tucker's people will bring about the collapse of the illegal numbers racket in the city, using a race track-betting scam that will bankrupt the small-time underworld numbers banks; an investigation will ensue, along… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its unpleasant nature, it must be said that this film is a dynamic crime-and-punishment drama, brilliantly and broadly realized."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the major themed films of the '40s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gripping thriller with a terrific performance by Garfield. It seems only the good peformers and directors got blacklisted (in this case Garfield and Polonsky)."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Top notch Garfield vehicle"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A thinly-veiled outright damnation of capitalism and its merger-heavy practices. Heavy-handed but quite intriguing and poetic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Force of Evil is a masterpiece, usually lumped in with films noir of the period, but unique."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"At its best, Force achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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