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      Odds Against Tomorrow

      1959 1h 35m Crime Drama List
      88% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 84% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Disgraced former police officer David Burke (Ed Begley) is looking for a way to make some quick money. When he decides to rob a bank, he calls on mean ex-con Earl Slater (Robert Ryan) and black entertainer Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte) to help him pull off the heist. Johnny is reluctant to agree but is forced to reconsider because of his significant gambling debts, while racist Earl balks because of Johnny's involvement. Ultimately, though, they must work together to get the job done. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Derek Smith Slant Magazine Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow is a pointed critique of race in America, and it’s as tense, thrilling, and relevant today as it was in 1959. Feb 1, 2024 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Director Robert Wise has drawn fine performances from his players. It is the most sustained acting Belafonte has done. Ryan makes the flesh crawl as the fanatical bigot. Jul 10, 2018 Full Review Paul Tickell Sight & Sound The genius of the film is that its Greek tragedy is rooted in the here and now of a racially divided 1950s America. Jul 10, 2018 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid This very strong film noir by Robert Wise, and with a screenplay co-written by the blacklisted Abraham Polonsky, can be a bit heavy, but it's brutally effective. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 20, 2024 Full Review Howard Cook Billboard Lewis manages some interesting effects to create musical tension to parallel the action by switching from the small group to big orchestra. Mar 24, 2023 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film The striking framing by director Robert Wise and cinematographer Joseph C Brun...adds an extra layer of menace to the urban environment. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 10, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      david f This is pretty gritty and low-budget but it has a certain charm. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Outstanding late film noir era movie. Robert Ryan at his best as a loathsome creep. Gloria Grahame does a wonderful job conveying 50's era lust with her facial expressions. Belafonte also shines. A tale of life's losers on a criminal collision course. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review jason m Good performances all-round, the issue of race, and that jazzy score elevate this paint-by-numbers plot into something watchable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Robert Wise's direction, Abraham Polonsky's script, Joseph C. Brun's cinematography and the acting by Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan and Ed Begley all deserve praise. The appearances by Shelley Winters and Gloria Grahame are too short. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Rich in detail and characterizations, masterfully filmed with powerful, believable, inter-related performances. The in-your-face ending makes it impossible to miss the message underlying this suspense-filled heist film. An exceptional noir. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review linda b At first you think its a B movie, but as you get into it, you see how well put together it is. It came to my mind that it seemed a lot like a "Tarantino" film. Interesting how they melded the 'race' aspect into the story, giving you thought; somewhat shocking at first, but realistic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Disgraced former police officer David Burke (Ed Begley) is looking for a way to make some quick money. When he decides to rob a bank, he calls on mean ex-con Earl Slater (Robert Ryan) and black entertainer Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte) to help him pull off the heist. Johnny is reluctant to agree but is forced to reconsider because of his significant gambling debts, while racist Earl balks because of Johnny's involvement. Ultimately, though, they must work together to get the job done.
      Director
      Robert Wise
      Producer
      Robert Wise
      Screenwriter
      Abraham Polonsky, Nelson Gidding
      Production Co
      HarBel Productions
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Dec 2, 2003
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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