Nightfall (1957)

This classic film noir, adapted from a David Goodis novel and filmed by Jacque Tourneur, is the tale of an artist falsely accused of murder who is forced to flee both the law and organized crime when the real killers think that he has their… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 23, 1957
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
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David Fear
Time Out

The kind of pedigreed pulp that gets left off greatest-genre-hits lists yet still inspires motormouthed overpraising from directorial enthusiasts.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Crisply directed, scripted with gems of hardboiled lines and superbly paced, it's a film of darkness and light that ends up in the snowy mountains of Wyoming...

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Review Another impressive addition to Tourneur's filmography, and yet another noir with a cynical glint in its exquisite eye.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Not only a nifty late noir but a model of economical filmmaking -- well-sketched atmosphere, deft characterizations, and a 78-minute running time.

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Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

In spite of that tantalizing potential, Nightfall will always just be a promising B picture.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Splendid adaptation by Stirling Silliphant of David Goodis's 1947 novel.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A minor film compared to Out of the Past, perhaps, but no less gripping.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Uneven thriller with some fine set pieces and beautiful photography.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Nightfall," James Vanning(Aldo Ray) has a conversation with Ben Fraser(James Gregory), an insurance investigator, at a bus stop before deciding to… More
cody franklin
Average noir with some bright spots. Aldo Ray is a interesting actor, but has a tendency to smile too much in this film. He has a great look, but comes across… More