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You Only Live Once
Archetypal depression-era stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are felicitously teamed in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once. Fonda plays an ex-convict who can't get a break on the "outside". He marries Sidney, who like her husband is one of life's losers. Framed on a murder rap, Fonda is forced to take it on the lam, with his wife and baby in tow. In trying to avoid capture, Fonda becomes a murderer for real, condemning himself and Sidney to an early demise. Partly based on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, the Gene Towne-Graham Baker screenplay stacks the deck against its… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fritz Lang's second American film... remains one of his all-time greatest."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A top social drama, inspired by the real Bonnie and Clyde. Lang is in prime directing form."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"It always seems to be night and raining for its alienated main characters, who have only their love for each other to keep out the cold from the world."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It stands as a clear precursor for such revered love-on-the-run films as Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and They Live By Night, but is perhaps better than any of them."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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