Night and the City
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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 junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary (Gene Tierney), a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the physically grotesque Phil Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan. Harry, who also works for Phil steering unsuspecting customers to the club, comes up with a plan to wrest control of professional wrestling from promoter and underworld kingpin… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jules Dassin, in his direction, manages extraordinarily interesting backgrounds, realistically filmed to create a feeling both of suspense and mounting menace."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A moody piece of Wellesian chiaroscuro (shot by Max Greene, né Mutz Greenbaum) and an occasionally discomfiting underworld plunge."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"One of the true-blue noir classics. RIchard Widmark is a certifiable force of nature."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A quality cast give vivid performances in a stylish and sharply written thriller with some striking visual flourishes."
‑ , Film4
"A pointless, trashy yarn."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Before he met Melina Mercouri and became an Artist, Jules Dassin made a number of worthwhile thrillers as a Hollywood contract director."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"the rare masterpiece that earns the appellation not by announcing its grand intentions but by following them through with sublime confidence and precision"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"An offbeat film noir, set in foggy post-WWII London..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Inclined to go over the top, it all too clearly contains the seeds of Dassin's later -- and disastrous -- pretensions."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A dark, brooding noir, with Widmark riveting as a hustling promoter who sinks into the quagmire of his own ambitions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The archetypal film noir."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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