On Dangerous Ground
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A burned out New York policeman gets into trouble after he begins abusing the suspected criminals he arrests. Knowing that he is essentially a good cop, but also seeing that he is on the verge of mental collapse, his superior sends the cop out to look into a murder out in the country. This crime drama follows what happens once he arrives there and finds a reflection of himself in the hate-filled father of the victim. During the investigation, the angry cop finds himself drawn to the blind sister of the prime suspect. She not only helps him to see that her brother is mentally ill but also that… 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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