Human Desire
Human Desire (1954)

After being fired by the railroad, Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) returns home, where his femme fatale wife Vicki (Gloria Grahame) initially sympathizes with his plight. However, she resists Carl's plea to ask Mr. Owens (Grandon… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 5, 1954
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Though the action pivots on blackmail and murder, the heart of the movie is a regular guy's struggle with the inner violence of sexual frenzy and the outer violence of war.

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Steve Jenkins
Time Out

Lang's version of Zola's La BÍte Humaine is, like all his best '50s work, as cold, hard and steely grey as the railway tracks which here mark out the action.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Lang's preoccupation with the sights, sounds and symbolism of the railway yards too often leaves the emotions and motives of the characters (formidably played by Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford and Gloria Grahame) stranded in the sidings.

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Variety Staff

Fritz Lang, director, goes overboard in his effort to create mood. Long focusing on locomotive speeding and twisting on the rails is neither entertaining nor essential to the plot.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A gripping melodrama.

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TV Guide

This sordid little tale is not nearly as sensuous or sexual as the French version, nor is it very suspenseful.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There isn't a single character in it for whom it builds up the slightest sympathy -- and there isn't a great deal else in it for which you're likely to have the least regard.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A superb, highly polished example of Lang's craft.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Unpleasant crime melodrama, but with outstanding photography of trains and working class America.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Not as good as The Big Heat but on its own a fine gritty noir. Gloria Grahame is excellent as usual, incredibly alluring but venal and base.
Walter M.
In "Human Desire," Jeff Warren(Glenn Ford) is just back from the wars and at his job as a train engineer. At work, he encounters Carl… More