Out of the Past
Out of the Past (1947)

Out of the Past is so perfect a film noir that it is considered practically a textbook example of the genre. In his first starring role (it had previously been offered to John Garfield and Dick Powell), Robert Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion ...

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Don Macpherson
Time Out

All these B movie poets were under contract to RKO in the winter of 1946, and produced the best movie of everyone involved -- once seen, never forgotten.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

In a genre full of desperate characters scrambling and plotting to grab their slice of the American dream, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947) is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal with an unusually haunting quality.

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Variety Staff

Direction by Jacques Tourneur pays close attention to mood development, achieving realistic flavor that is further emphasized by real life settings and topnotch lensing by Nicholas Musuraca.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the greatest of all film noirs.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Out Of The Past is undeniably a film noir, and rightly regarded as one of the genre's best.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's very snappy and quite intriguingly played by a cast that has been well and smartly directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'Maybe we thought the world would end,' Mitchum muses, during a short-lived spell of happiness in Mexico. 'Maybe we thought it was a dream.' A dream? In his trench coat and fedora, he's clearly not a man destined to die quietly in his bed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A stranger uncovers the secret past of a small town gas station owner drawing him back into the shadowy world he was trying to forget. This was Robert… More
Michael Gildea
Out of the Past has everything a film noir junkie could ask for. Dialogue you could open a letter with, darkly moody cinematography, a femme fatale that makes… More
Ken Stachnik
The director of Cat People strikes again with what may be a perfect noir.
AJ Verser
A great movie, it stars both Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, so how could it be bad? I loved it.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
I really got lost with the plot around the middle, something about tax papers and what not. I guess i either didn't pay attention or i'm just stupid.… More
Randy Tippy
A film noir masterpiece, rich in genre staples and atmosphere.