Night and the City
Night and the City (1950)

Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 1950
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Jules Dassin, in his direction, manages extraordinarily interesting backgrounds, realistically filmed to create a feeling both of suspense and mounting menace.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A moody piece of Wellesian chiaroscuro (shot by Max Greene, né Mutz Greenbaum) and an occasionally discomfiting underworld plunge.

Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[A] gripping little crime drama.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A pointless, trashy yarn.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Before he met Melina Mercouri and became an Artist, Jules Dassin made a number of worthwhile thrillers as a Hollywood contract director.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Few filled the role of the sweaty anti-hero better than Richard Widmark, and he's in notable form here.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Inclined to go over the top, it all too clearly contains the seeds of Dassin's later -- and disastrous -- pretensions.

Eric Melin

One of the best noirs around ... downward-spiral noir in its purest form, even if it trades the traditional urban landscape of the American city for the mean streets of London.

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TV Guide

A dark, brooding noir, with Widmark riveting as a hustling promoter who sinks into the quagmire of his own ambitions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
As my dear old grandmother used to say, before she gave up prostitution to become a carnival barker, "I am loving me some Richard Widmark!"
jay nixon
Richard Widmark offers up his usual superlative performance, Gene Tierney is underused but all in all a fine gritty noir.
Cassandra Maples
Imagine Charles Dickens had to make a bit of extra money by writing B-movies in Hollywood and you might get close to imagining this haunting, wonderful film. It… More
Ken Stachnik
A perfect film noir using every film convention to their utmost potency. Distilled Noir 100% Columbian Noir This shit will make you crazzzy.
Aj V
One of my absolute favourite film noirs. I love Widmark in this movie, I think this is his best performance ever. The story is realistic, exciting, and… More
Tim Sigur
Richard Widmark is genius!