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Enemies of iconoclastic producer-director Josef Von Sternberg must have been delighted beyond measure when he ended up directing Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell in RKO's Macao. Set against the murkily exotic backdrops of gambling dens, cheap hotels and sinister waterfronts, the story involves the various adventures experienced by fugitive from justice Nick Cochran (Mitchum) and cabaret singer Julie Benson (Russell). Naturally, no one can be trusted in the course of events, not even the stars. A subplot--which ultimately evolves into the main plot--concerns the efforts of incognito… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sternberg's personality survives; what's missing is the soul that might have turned the artifice and self-parody into poetry."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"a load of atmosphere and malarkey in search of a coherent storyline"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"One of Robert Mitchum's weaker movies"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"What is so enjoyable, apart from Harry Wild's shimmering camerawork, is the tongue-in-cheek tone of the script and performances, best evidenced in the sparkling banter and innuendo between Mitchum and Russell."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An exciting film noir entry, steaming up the screen with sultry, sexy Russell and a somnambulistic Mitchum who manage to clinch often, despite their sneering disregard for each other."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you are looking for an underrated film noir gem--that somehow got swept under the rug--this is it!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"All the other ingredients, including Miss Russell's famed physique, are pretty much the same as have been tumbled into previous cheesecakes with Jane and Bob."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"...a slow-paced, thoroughly dull piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Stylish noir from Sternberg."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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