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Body and Soul (1947)

Cast: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, James Burke, more...
Director: Robert Rossen
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Republic Pictures
Genre: Drama, Sports Drama, Vintage Noir, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 104 min.
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This riveting 1947 drama, regarded by many as the greatest boxing movie of all time, centers on a former pugilist who looks back on his life in and out of the ring and realizes that self-respect is a more important prize than winning. John Garfield is Charlie Davis, a former boxing champion who began fighting in order to save himself and his mother from poverty after his father was killed in a mob-related bombing. William Conrad plays Quinn, a veteran boxer-turned-trainer who discovers that Davis has the potential to be a professional fighter. Eager to take on all contenders, Davis eventually defeats the world champion, but winning has cost him more than he bargained for. He falls in with the mob and takes to a life of easy women and plentiful booze, winning easy bouts with second-rate opponents. In the end, Davis realizes the error of his ways -- but is it too late? With all the odds against him, and knowing that the fight has already been fixed, Davis is forced to make the choice between what's expected of him and what he expects of himself. The fight sequences were filmed on roller skates with a hand-held camera, adding a realism that strengthens the film's verisimilitude. ~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

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3 Things by randomcha January 15, 2008 - 2:36 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
1. The bandage lying across John Garfield's face as he lies on the training table.
2. The cut from Garfield waking up in bed to him waking up on the training table before the fight.
3. "He's going to make a snootful of money."

Garfield was one of the greats by eifert June 13, 2004 - 8:30 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Not really a film noir, Body and Soul is an excellent B&W film that's hard to stop watching once you start. I recommend this paired with "The Postman Always Rings Twice" as a good double feature. Postman also has an excellent bio on the forgotten Garfield, who struggled with health issues while making some truly great films.

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(Average 7.27)
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