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Force of Evil

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • FORCE OF EVIL was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994. Additional cast: Paul McVey (Hobe Wheelock); Jack Overman (Juice); Barbara Woodell (Mary); Raymond Largay (Bunty); Stanley Prager (Wally); Allan Mathews (Badgley); Jan Dennis (Mrs. Bauer); Georgia Backus (Mrs. Morse); and Sid Tomack (Two and Two). FORCE OF EVIL was Abraham Polonsky's directorial debut. Polonsky was blacklisted by Hollywood after a hearing with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1951. (He refused to confirm or deny being a member of the Communist party.) Using a pseudonym, Polonsky wrote for television and worked as a Hollywood script doctor during his period of exile. In 1968, his name appeared on the credits of MADIGAN (directed by Don Siegel; screenplay by Abraham Polonsky and Henri Simoun). Two years later Polonsky directed his second film, TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE. The seven-year-old Beau Bridges, son of Lloyd and brother of Jeff, made his screen debut with FORCE OF EVIL. Copyright 1949, 1995 Republic Entertainment Inc.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13428

  • Credits
    John Garfield, Jacob Julius Garfinkle, Beatrice Pearson, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Howland Chamberlin, Howard Chamberlin, Roy Roberts, Paul McVey, Tim Ryan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Highly stylized..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Pearson's scenes with Garfield are among the most supercharged ever..."
    USA Today

    "A socially conscious noir steeped in atmosphere and paranoia, with stunning dialogue."
    Uncut

    "This was surely Garfield's finest hour: he conveys brilliantly his character's ruthlessness and his sense of loss and yearning."
    Sight and Sound

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