Out of the Past
Out of the Past (1947)

This quintessential film noir made contract player Robert Mitchum a star and set the standard for the genre for years to come. Private eye Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) is hired by notorious gangster Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) to find his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 1947
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion ...

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Don Macpherson
Time Out

All these B movie poets were under contract to RKO in the winter of 1946, and produced the best movie of everyone involved -- once seen, never forgotten.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Essential viewing for the noir fan and the kind of movie that could make a neutral third party into a noir fan in the first place.

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Variety Staff

Direction by Jacques Tourneur pays close attention to mood development, achieving realistic flavor that is further emphasized by real life settings and topnotch lensing by Nicholas Musuraca.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the greatest of all film noirs.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

In a genre full of desperate characters scrambling and plotting to grab their slice of the American dream, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947) is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal with an unusually haunting quality.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's very snappy and quite intriguingly played by a cast that has been well and smartly directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Out Of The Past is undeniably a film noir, and rightly regarded as one of the genre's best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Mitchum is little more than a big slab of beef walking around in a Macintosh trench coat, mumbling to himself, as all around him conspire in some way to dupe… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
I really got lost with the plot around the middle, something about tax papers and what not. I guess i either didn't pay attention or i'm just stupid.… More
xGary Xx
A stranger uncovers the secret past of a small town gas station owner drawing him back into the shadowy world he was trying to forget. This was Robert… More
Michael Gildea
Out of the Past has everything a film noir junkie could ask for. Dialogue you could open a letter with, darkly moody cinematography, a femme fatale that makes… More
Ken Stachnik
The director of Cat People strikes again with what may be a perfect noir.
Aj V
A great movie, it stars both Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, so how could it be bad? I loved it.