You Only Live Once
You Only Live Once (1937)

Archetypal depression-era stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are felicitously teamed in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once. Fonda plays an ex-convict who can't get a break on the "outside". He marries Sidney, who like her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 1937
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Fritz Lang's second American film... remains one of his all-time greatest.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A top social drama, inspired by the real Bonnie and Clyde. Lang is in prime directing form.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It always seems to be night and raining for its alienated main characters, who have only their love for each other to keep out the cold from the world.

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Jeremy Heilman

It stands as a clear precursor for such revered love-on-the-run films as Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and They Live By Night, but is perhaps better than any of them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film features a similar storyline to the Pre-Code Hollywood classic "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang," without the drama of it being a true… More
jay nixon
Sad tale of a luckless man and the woman who stands by him no matter what. Of course the acting is very fine and the direction good but the hopelessness of the… More
Stella Dallas
quite good early lang and henry fonda and sylvia sidney have lovely chemistry together. it's an early 'lovers on the run' story, similar to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "You Only Live Once," things are finally looking up for three-time convict Eddie Taylor(Henry Fonda) upon his release from… More
Aj V
This movie reminded me of better movies from the 40s. It's an alright story and all, but I couldn't get into it, the dialogue was less than average,… More