Body and Soul
Body and Soul (1947)

Considered one of the greatest boxing film ever made, Body and Soul features the late-great John Garfield playing pugilist Joe Devlin in his desperate bid to become the world's greatest fighter. Unfortunately, the battle to the top… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 1947
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Trite is hardly the word for the plot, which was already wheezy by the time this minor classic was made in 1947, but Abraham Polonsky's script brings such tight, painful focus to the moral choices that it seems fresh and real.

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Tynan Yanaga
Film Inquiry

Body and Soul is a film not simply with gritty boxing scenes but also a fascinating character analysis indicative of the human condition.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Now only seems gripping because of Garfield's gritty performance.

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Time Out

Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If the movie works today, it's probably because of Abraham Polonsky's beautiful screenplay, a rich desert plate filled with glorious, lowdown street and sports prose.

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TV Guide

The fight film to which all others are compared.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Altogether this Enterprise picture rolls up a round-by-round triumph on points until it comes through with a climactic knockout that hits the all-time high in throat-catching fight films.

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Emanuel Levy

John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky

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This is tight, hard-hitting entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
sure it's the same tired boxing cliches but polonsky's sharp dialogues and garfield's greatest performance made it well worth watching, for me at… More
Brian R
A look at the corrupt sides of professional boxing. John Garfield plays the corrupted boxer. Fast money, fast women, expensive high rise, a corrupted manager… More
Ken Stachnik
The original Rocky 2, complete with dying trainer
Anthony Valletta
Great film noir. A fantastic quote from Garfield at the end.
John Ballantine
Another classic that often gets missed. It was probably the greatest fight movie until Raging Bull came along. A real hidden gem.