Odds Against Tomorrow

Odds Against Tomorrow

DVD - 2003
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One hundred and fifty thousand dollars, ready for the taking. It's too much to resist for Earl Slater, a bigoted ex-con slumming through life with a patronizing girlfriend, an obliging neighbor and zero expectations. He agrees to be part of a bank job planned by former cop Burke. Until, that is, he finds out one of his partners will be a black man. Earl's desperate need for cash, however, leads him to reconsider. For the job only, he'll put his racism aside ... until moments away from the score, hatred erupts.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, 2003
ISBN: 9780792859055
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ODDS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 01, 2017

Unfairly neglected film noir from 1959. It has two somewhat distinctive features. It is a classic heist goes wrong (Isn't that always the way?) story, but the participants are not professional criminals. And it has a black actor (Harry Belafonte) in the lead. Belafonte is a suave, sharp musician with an ex-wife and kid who has debts he can't pay, while Robert Ryan is a caustic, down on his luck vet looking for a break. Ed Begley brings them together for a bank robbery in rural New York. Great performances, taut direction by Robert Wise ("West Side Story"), and a bang up ending. This was a big influence on the iconic French crime film director Jean Pierre-Melville. Co-starring Shelley Winters, Gloria Graham, and Wayne Rogers (MASH), in his first role. Cool, jazzy score.

Jan 30, 2013

Pierre melville influence


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