On Dangerous Ground (1952)
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as Jim Wilson
as Mary Malden
as Walter Brent
as Pop Daly
as Pete Santos
as Capt. Brawley
as Danny Malden
as Mrs. Brent
as Hotel Clerk
as Woman in Bar
as Stretcher Bearer
as Peggy Santos
as Gabini, Newsdealer
as Sgt. Wendell
as Doc Hyman
Critic Reviews for On Dangerous Ground
It's a film that defies not just genre expectation, but even the expectations it sets up for itself, culminating in a devastating ending where the only comfort left is the possibility of some human connection.
There is a certain kind of beauty that expresses so much in such a short space that no words can capture its essence. All I know is that it stirred the deepest reaches of my soul.
Considering the talents of all involved, it ought to be a masterpiece; but genre takes its revenge, and the picture's rhythm never recovers from the unanticipated quiescence of the rural milieu.
Is there a film noir that spends so much time watching the landscape change from the driver's seat of a moving car, and then find the same fury and intolerance is here in the heartland too?
Audience Reviews for On Dangerous Ground
Atmospheric noir mood piece with excellent work by greats Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino with an evocative score by Bernard Hermann, reportedly his favorite of all his work.
Really interesting Noir from Nicholas Ray. It's sort of the Dusk till Dawn of it's day. It's a picture of two distinct halves. The first a police film. The second a chase. It's easy to see why this film, with it's early use of hand held camera was an inspiration for the French new wave. As Godard said "Nicholas Ray is cinema"
A great psychological noir. Completely changes tone in the middle which almost makes watching this film like a double feature.
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