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  • Summary: This 1950 film is an expressionist tour de force -- a grinding tale of fate in which a moment of decency proves the final act. (Film Forum)
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    A dark, brooding noir, with Widmark riveting as a hustling promoter who sinks into the quagmire of his own ambitions.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Jules Dassin, in his direction, manages extraordinarily interesting backgrounds, realistically filmed to create a feeling both of suspense and mounting menace.
  3. However defined, the movie's a moody piece of Wellesian chiaroscuro (shot by Max Greene, né Mutz Greenbaum) and an occasionally discomfiting underworld plunge, particularly when the mob-controlled wrestling milieu explodes into a kidney-punching donnybrook.
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