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Force of Evil back to product details

Too muddled, confusing.
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written by jmel February 6, 2006 - 11:45 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Although this movie is interesting, the action is too confusing to really recommend it. As a fan of noir, I am naturally inclined positively towards movies of this sort, however the unexplained scene shifts and unexplained introduced characters muddied the waters, and the fact that I had just seen 'Out of the Past' made this movie pale in comparision.

The Numbers Racket
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written by eifert August 16, 2004 - 3:42 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Force of Evil is film noir with a social conscience. Garfield plays Joe Morse - a corrupt lawyer working for the mob. His brother, Leo, runs a small bookie joint. Problems start when Leo will not sell his "small business" to the mob even when pressured by his brother. As events unfold, Joe slowly begins to realize the true character of his shady business. The dialog is written with a sharp noir/David Mamet-like style.

"A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn't have said."


Clearly this film is a criticism of big business - which later may have gotten the director in trouble with the HUAC. Sexy noir queen Mary The Killing Winsor plays the femme fatale who manipulates Garfield into helping with the cruel downfall of his brother's racket and later his own brother. In order to show cinematographer George Barnes how he wanted the film to look, Director Polonsky gave him a book of Edward Hopper's paintings.

Also recommended:

Body and Soul

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(Average 7.12)
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