Kiss of Death
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Based in part on a true story, Kiss of Death is given a veneer of reality by being filmed on location in New York, per the insistence of director Henry Hathaway..Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, a cheap crook who commits a Christmastime jewelry store heist with his gang, and manages to get the rap while the others slip by the police unnoticed. Nick refuses to testify on the others, and gets sent up the river for 20 years for robbery. Before he goes to prison, he's assured by the criminal element that his wife and children will be taken care of while he's behind bars (thanks in no small… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is efficient enough, but it's a measure of Hathaway's limitations that it never once fulfills the paranoid delirium built into its subject."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...a solid, sporadically electrifying little thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Gritty film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"What really sets this noir apart...is a combination of Hathaway's deliberate craftsmanship and the small crackerjack ensemble led by Mature and Widmark"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A jumbled piece of cinematic crime fiction that's visually elegant but regularly confused about its own point of view."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Vicious, still shocking crime drama"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"If the production code didn't mandate the villain's defeat by the film's end, Udo would have walked away triumphant, tossing a butt at a flat-on-his-face Bianco."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, PopMatters
"Hathaway's film noir is largely known for Richard Widmark's debut in an Oscar-nominated role of a giggling psycho who pushes old crippled ladies down the stairs."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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