V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

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ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

Robert Wise
USA, 1958
Fiction, 96min, OF

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

Robert Wise
USA, 1958
Fiction, 96min, OF

Actors: 
Harry Belafonte
Johnny Ingram
Robert Ryan
Earle Slater
Shelley Winters
Lorry
Ed Begley Sr.
Dave Burke
Gloria Grahame
Helen
Will Kuluva
Bacco
Screenplay: 
Abraham Polonsky (Front: John O. Killens)
Nelson Gidding nach dem Roman von William P. McGivern
Sound: 
Kenn Collins
Edward J. Johnstone
Dick Vorisek
Camera: 
Joseph C. Brun
Editor: 
Dede Allen
Composer: 
John Lewis
Decoration: 
Leo Kerz
Costume: 
Anna Hill Johnstone

Production: 
HarBel Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

In an enterprise as ticklish and perilous as robbing a bank, it is impolitic for two participants to be divided by race prejudice. That is the one uncommon message to pop out of Odds Against Tomorrow, a sharp, hard, suspenseful melodrama that came to the Victoria yesterday. Robert Ryan plays the bigot who frankly scorns and distrusts his confederate, Harry Belafonte, in a stickup in a Hudson Valley town. And Ed Begley Sr. plays the ex-policeman who masterminds the job and tries to maintain the social amenities between his snarling associates. (...) The sheer dramatic build-up of this contemplation of a crime is of an artistic caliber that is rarely achieved on the screen. Under the tight and strong direction of the realist, Robert Wise, the drama accumulates tensely, with fast, easy clarity, and the whole thing has an intensely sharp, true pictorial quality. (Bosley Crowther, “New York Times”, 1959)

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