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The Ring

Released Oct 1, 1927 1h 29m Drama Romance List
90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 42% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Jack (Carl Brisson) is a carnival-employed boxer; patrons pay cash to take him on in the ring, and he earns the nickname "One-Round" by giving them their money's worth with a quick knockout. His many victories have given him a big head and a bigger mouth, so when heavyweight champion Bob (Ian Hunter) shows up in town, he decides to shut Jack up by challenging him to a match. As the fight nears, Jack's fiancée (Lilian Hall-Davis) develops eyes for Bob, giving the bout a bitter edge. Read More Read Less
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Times (UK) Staff Times (UK) The film as a whole marks a considerable technical advance. At its best, it is good indeed. It fails only where the substance of its story fails and where it has not been selective enough in its choice of cinematographic scene. Jul 8, 2020 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out Arguably the finest of Hitchcock's silent films. Mar 20, 2012 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Gordon Harker, on the screen for the first time, nearly steals this one as a hard-boiled cynical trainer. Mar 20, 2012 Full Review Robert Herring Close Up Mr Hitchcock's method is to depict one simple fact, that a sub-title could have got over, by a long sequence or a number of elaborate tricks. This is worse than a photographic rendering of a story, for it is pretentious. Oct 29, 2021 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl Hitchcock's visual storytelling chops are on full display in this film, and one montage sequence so impressed contemporary audiences that it received a round of applause at the film's premiere. Rated: 7/10 Dec 26, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B Aug 9, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Mixed bag. Plot wise it needs a lot of work but the fights in the boxing ring were fabulously shot. Worth a watch just for the fights in the ring. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review michael d Run-of-the-mill but Hitchcock's moody experimentation makes it worthwhile. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Alfred Hitchcock's "Raging Bull Durham"; jealousy, whether warranted or not, is a tough opponent to beat. If you can get over the slight bit of male ownership (and the comically appalling racism), this is a pretty sweet little romantic dramedy. Hitchcock's skill as a visual storyteller is so apparent and far ahead of his time here. Just wish he didn't hire two dudes who look so similar for the love triangle. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It felt a bit long for a silent film, but I can see from a historical perspective the cinematic work and the acting were great for the time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Looks like a pretty boring prequel to The Manxman. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Early work of visual genius from the master Alfred Hitchcock. So many incredible camera shots and fantastic visual storytelling totally transcend the minor plot. Brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Jack (Carl Brisson) is a carnival-employed boxer; patrons pay cash to take him on in the ring, and he earns the nickname "One-Round" by giving them their money's worth with a quick knockout. His many victories have given him a big head and a bigger mouth, so when heavyweight champion Bob (Ian Hunter) shows up in town, he decides to shut Jack up by challenging him to a match. As the fight nears, Jack's fiancée (Lilian Hall-Davis) develops eyes for Bob, giving the bout a bitter edge.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
John Maxwell
Screenwriter
Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Distributor
Grapevine Video
Production Co
British International Pictures
Genre
Drama, Romance
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 1, 1927, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 8, 2017
Runtime
1h 29m
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