Boomerang! (1947)

Filmed as if it were a documentary, this gripping film noir was considered a shocker in its day because it centered on the murder of a priest and for its presentation of the corruption and illicit shenanigans that can be found in a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 1947
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1947 film is limited in scope and feeling, but the superficial dramatics work well enough.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not one of Kazan's best films, Boomerang is perfectly watchable.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The unemphatic presentation of details, the use of locations, and strong performances from a largely non-professional supporting cast, lend the film authenticity and power.

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Sean Axmaker

... Kazan avoids the usual theatrics as Andrews, who loosens up a little under Kazan's direction, methodically works his way through his case with a modesty rare even in today's spate of TV legal dramas. It's more film gray than noir...

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Fernando F. Croce

The best work is done against the grain of Louis de Rochemont's newsreel tidiness

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Movie-makers should positively remember that a public story is a public trust.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Dull, vague retelling of true crime benefits from good cast and location shooting.

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TV Guide

Kazan shot most of the film on location, using high-contrast cinematography and an extremely mobile camera to create a palpable sense of urgency.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Filmed on location in my current hometown - Stamford CT - yay! Good buildup about political shenanigans related to the prosecution of a mysterious murder in… More
xGary Xx
An honest district attourney is pressured into convicting a man accused of the murder of a priest, but when he examines the evidence, he has second thoughts as… More
Aj V
A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
Michael Gildea
I was bored to tears. A man's conscience vs. a society's bloodlust to see someone... ANYONE hang for a murder. Political bureaucracy in a small town.
Randy Tippy
I'm teetering between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. I liked the essence more than I liked the premise of this politically motivated courtroom drama. Dana Andrews… More