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Commercial artist James Vanning (Aldo Ray) and his friend, Dr. Edward Gurston (Frank Albertson), are on a hunting and fishing trip in Wyoming when they stop to help two men whose car has crashed. The pair, John (Brian Keith) and Red (Rudy Bond), turn out to be escaped bank robbers, on the run with 350,000 dollars in stolen cash after a clean getaway, and they don't plan on leaving any witnesses -- Gurston is shot dead by Red, using Vanning's hunting rifle, but Vanning survives by accident, knocked cold but alive. He awakens to discover the stolen money, accidentally left behind, and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The kind of pedigreed pulp that gets left off greatest-genre-hits lists yet still inspires motormouthed overpraising from directorial enthusiasts."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Crisply directed, scripted with gems of hardboiled lines and superbly paced, it's a film of darkness and light that ends up in the snowy mountains of Wyoming..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Review Another impressive addition to Tourneur's filmography, and yet another noir with a cynical glint in its exquisite eye."
‑ , Film4
"Not only a nifty late noir but a model of economical filmmaking -- well-sketched atmosphere, deft characterizations, and a 78-minute running time."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"In spite of that tantalizing potential, Nightfall will always just be a promising B picture."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"Splendid adaptation by Stirling Silliphant of David Goodis's 1947 novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A minor film compared to Out of the Past, perhaps, but no less gripping."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Uneven thriller with some fine set pieces and beautiful photography."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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