Night and the City
Night and the City (1950)

Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Jules Dassin, in his direction, manages extraordinarily interesting backgrounds, realistically filmed to create a feeling both of suspense and mounting menace.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A moody piece of Wellesian chiaroscuro (shot by Max Greene, né Mutz Greenbaum) and an occasionally discomfiting underworld plunge.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

One of the true-blue noir classics. RIchard Widmark is a certifiable force of nature.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A pointless, trashy yarn.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Before he met Melina Mercouri and became an Artist, Jules Dassin made a number of worthwhile thrillers as a Hollywood contract director.

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

the rare masterpiece that earns the appellation not by announcing its grand intentions but by following them through with sublime confidence and precision

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Inclined to go over the top, it all too clearly contains the seeds of Dassin's later -- and disastrous -- pretensions.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A dark, brooding noir, with Widmark riveting as a hustling promoter who sinks into the quagmire of his own ambitions.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The archetypal film noir.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
As my dear old grandmother used to say, before she gave up prostitution to become a carnival barker, "I am loving me some Richard Widmark!"
jay nixon
Richard Widmark offers up his usual superlative performance, Gene Tierney is underused but all in all a fine gritty noir.
Cassandra Maples
Imagine Charles Dickens had to make a bit of extra money by writing B-movies in Hollywood and you might get close to imagining this haunting, wonderful film. It… More
Ken Stachnik
A perfect film noir using every film convention to their utmost potency. Distilled Noir 100% Columbian Noir This shit will make you crazzzy.
AJ Verser
One of my absolute favourite film noirs. I love Widmark in this movie, I think this is his best performance ever. The story is realistic, exciting, and… More
Tim Sigur
Richard Widmark is genius!