On Dangerous Ground
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Robert Ryan plays Jim Wilson, a tough police detective embittered by years of dealing with low-life urban scum, in Nicholas Ray's moving film noir. After severely beating several suspects, Jim is assigned to a case far from the city to find the killer of a young girl. Joining the manhunt, in snow-covered terrain, Wilson finds himself paired with the victim's father, Walter Brent (Ward Bond), who plans to shoot the killer himself. When the two men come upon a cabin occupied by Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), a blind woman who is also the killer's sister, Wilson's life is changed… More

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"One of the loveliest of Nick Ray's movies."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"What succeeds in On Dangerous Ground is the raw emotionalism that bleeds out from the screen, unmatched in any of Ray's other films."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Above par noir thriller that takes some stereotypical characters and potentially sentimental situations to fashion them into a film that thinks as well as entertains."
‑ , Film4
"Perched between late-'40s noir and mid-'50s crime drama, this is one of the great, forgotten works of the genre."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"An exalted modulation from harsh to lyrical and back, the culmination of Nicholas Ray's Borzagean side"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Nicholas Ray's classic noir starring Ryan and Lupino."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of noir's most soulful and poetic expressions of hope and redemption."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Nicholas Ray's existential melodrama is considered to be a flawed noir because of its upbeat ending, but it's one of the director's most lyrical tales and is extremely well acted by Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Haunting mix of police story, romance and tale of regeneration."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A realistic and often gripping crime yarn."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[One of] a string of masterworks from Ray."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Overcomes its artificial contrivances to become a touching psychological drama about despair and loneliness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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