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Odds Against Tomorrow

Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1959. NR. 96 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Sun., January 24, 2016
January 24, 2016
2:00 pm

Another excellent film noir from Robert Wise (see last weeks “House on Telegraph Hill”), this is a crime caper that is, as the London Radio Times has so aptly put it, a terrific heist movie, grimly told and well performed, with a prescient and tough racist subtext that makes for compulsive viewing. Robert Ryan does a masterful job (reminiscent of his anti-semitic soldier in “Crossfire”) as a bigoted ex-con, and Harry Belafonte (who executive produced the film) stars as a decent but desperate fellow-member of the robbery team. With a cast consisting of such stalwart film noir actors as Gloria Graham, Ed Begley and Shelley Winters and an edgy jazz score by John Lewis (pianist of the Modern Jazz Quartet) this is a film that grabs you from the start and wont let go until the final shattering moments. (Bill Roth)