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Roadblock

1951 1h 13m Crime Drama List
Reviews 42% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Joe Peters (Charles McGraw) is resigned to his modest life as a low-level insurance agent when he meets the coldly beautiful Diane (Joan Dixon), whose high-maintenance ways and luxurious tastes are more than he can afford. Desperate to be with her, even as she flaunts her relationship with a powerful gangster (Lowell Gilmore), Joe plans a dangerous bank robbery that goes terribly wrong. As the police close in, both Joe and Diane come to a startling conclusion. Read More Read Less

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Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... a minor picture with major pleasures. It delivers of a heist thriller where we never see the heist... Feb 3, 2024 Full Review Ian Thomas Malone ianthomasmalone.com Director Harold Daniels assembles all the pieces of a rich noir thriller, but Roadblock never really builds on its compelling deconstruction of American capitalism. Dec 20, 2023 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A typical low-budget film noir of the early 1950s. Rated: C+ Dec 8, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Aldo G In the hands of a director more accomplished in the Noir genre this might have become a minor gem. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting twist on the femme fatale trope. Joan Dixon's Diane resists the advances of Charles McGraw's Joe, an insurance investigator, because he doesn't meet her high standards of wealth. Eventually, she defaults on her ambitions to marry into wealth and puts in a claim to her average Joe. But, Joe wants his own insurance, fearing he may lose Diane. Ever try to cancel an insurance policy? It ain't easy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review ashley h Roadblock is a decent film. It is about an honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters who becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane. Charles McGraw and Joan Dixon give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Harold Daniels did an alright job directing this movie. I liked watching this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave j A decent insurance detective, Joe Peters (Charles McGraw) becomes increasingly unethical once he meets with attractive hustler, Diane (Joan Dixon). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member more like a crime drama than film noir but he thats me not very many shadows in this tale. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member a fair to good B film noir a noir movie with a femme Fataile worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Joe Peters (Charles McGraw) is resigned to his modest life as a low-level insurance agent when he meets the coldly beautiful Diane (Joan Dixon), whose high-maintenance ways and luxurious tastes are more than he can afford. Desperate to be with her, even as she flaunts her relationship with a powerful gangster (Lowell Gilmore), Joe plans a dangerous bank robbery that goes terribly wrong. As the police close in, both Joe and Diane come to a startling conclusion.
Director
Harold Daniels
Producer
Lewis J. Rachmil
Screenwriter
Steve Fisher, George Bricker
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Feb 4, 2014
Runtime
1h 13m