On Dangerous Ground
On Dangerous Ground (1952)

Robert Ryan plays Jim Wilson, a tough police detective embittered by years of dealing with low-life urban scum, in Nicholas Ray's moving film noir. After severely beating several suspects, Jim is assigned to a case far from the city to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1952
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the loveliest of Nick Ray's movies.

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Fernando F. Croce

An exalted modulation from harsh to lyrical and back, the culmination of Nicholas Ray's Borzagean side

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Steve Crum

Nicholas Ray's classic noir starring Ryan and Lupino.

Sean Axmaker

Is there a film noir that spends so much time watching the landscape change from the driver's seat of a moving car, and then find the same fury and intolerance is here in the heartland too?

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Haunting mix of police story, romance and tale of regeneration.

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TV Guide

A realistic and often gripping crime yarn.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The performances are potent, the direction by Nicholas Ray is suitably moody, and the score by Bernard Herrmann is terrific.

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Paul Brenner

What succeeds in On Dangerous Ground is the raw emotionalism that bleeds out from the screen, unmatched in any of Ray's other films.

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Above par noir thriller that takes some stereotypical characters and potentially sentimental situations to fashion them into a film that thinks as well as entertains.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Atmospheric noir mood piece with excellent work by greats Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino with an evocative score by Bernard Hermann, reportedly his favorite of all… More
Ken Stachnik
Really interesting Noir from Nicholas Ray. It's sort of the Dusk till Dawn of it's day. It's a picture of two distinct halves. The first a… More
Michael Gildea
A great psychological noir. Completely changes tone in the middle which almost makes watching this film like a double feature.