Force of Evil
Force of Evil (1948)

Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into a single powerful organization. But, his older brother is one of these small operators, and he wants things to stay the way they are, rather than dealing with… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 1948
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For all its unpleasant nature, it must be said that this film is a dynamic crime-and-punishment drama, brilliantly and broadly realized.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Force of Evil is a masterpiece, usually lumped in with films noir of the period, but unique.

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TV Guide

At its best, Force achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the major themed films of the '40s.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

A gripping thriller with a terrific performance by Garfield. It seems only the good peformers and directors got blacklisted (in this case Garfield and Polonsky).

Dan Jardine

The film cleverly uses illicit numbers running as a metaphor for unethical business practices in post-war America

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Top notch Garfield vehicle

Christopher Null

A thinly-veiled outright damnation of capitalism and its merger-heavy practices. Heavy-handed but quite intriguing and poetic.

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William Dunmyer
"Force of Evil," starring John Garfield, is a serious and heavy noir depicting corruption in New York in the early days after WWII. It could have been… More
Dimitris Springer
Plausible facts on this one.Aggressive till it bleeds.I saw this film on a cine-club somewhere in Athens.All 5 of us who attended were shocked at the boldness… More
Randy Tippy
Here it is, 60 years after the release of this cinematic pearl, and I'm just now discovering it. The only thing that beats watching a film noir classic… More
Anthony Valletta
Great piece of Film Noir.
Michael Gildea
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Force of Evil is just kind of bogged down with mediocrity in it's uneven acting (with the exception of an icy… More