Kiss of Death
Kiss of Death (1947)

Based in part on a true story, Kiss of Death is given a veneer of reality by being filmed on location in New York, per the insistence of director Henry Hathaway..Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, a cheap crook who commits a Christmastime… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 27, 1947
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is efficient enough, but it's a measure of Hathaway's limitations that it never once fulfills the paranoid delirium built into its subject.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a solid, sporadically electrifying little thriller...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gritty film noir.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

What really sets this noir a combination of Hathaway's deliberate craftsmanship and the small crackerjack ensemble led by Mature and Widmark

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A jumbled piece of cinematic crime fiction that's visually elegant but regularly confused about its own point of view.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Vicious, still shocking crime drama

Matthew Sorrento

If the production code didn't mandate the villain's defeat by the film's end, Udo would have walked away triumphant, tossing a butt at a flat-on-his-face Bianco.

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Emanuel Levy

Hathaway's film noir is largely known for Richard Widmark's debut in an Oscar-nominated role of a giggling psycho who pushes old crippled ladies down the stairs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Widmark is hysterically great and there's some nice cinematography and NY locations - unfortunately the pacing is glacial, the point of view is uncertain… More
Randy Tippy
Noir to the core. A spattering of memorable moments, not the least of which is the psychotic hit-man [Richard Widmark] sending an old woman flying down a… More
Aj V
An all-star cast with a heart-felt story, but it could have done a better job at presenting the story or something, I just felt it could have been better in… More
Stella Dallas
without widmark's giggling psycho tommy udo this would just be boring. and he's not even on the poster lol
Cindy I
This is billed as a film noir, but it plays more as a crime drama. Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, a robber who agrees to "snitch" on his cohorts in… More
jay nixon
Richard Widmark is deeply creepy in this but there are better noirs out there.