Force of Evil
Starring: John Garfield Director: Abraham Polonsky

Force of Evil
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 31, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Olive Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Martin Scorsese movie classics introduction of Force of Evil
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 03/31/1995
"...Highly stylized..." -- Rating: A
USA Today - 05/28/2004
"Pearson's scenes with Garfield are among the most supercharged ever..."
Uncut - 02/01/2006
"A socially conscious noir steeped in atmosphere and paranoia, with stunning dialogue."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2006
"This was surely Garfield's finest hour: he conveys brilliantly his character's ruthlessness and his sense of loss and yearning."

Product Description:

A lawyer gets caught in a three way squeeze between his racketeer boss, his racketeer brother, and the anti-crime tactics of a new prosecutor who would like to jail the entire lot. Based on the novel TUCKER'S PEOPLE by Ira Wolfert. Directorial debut for the later black-listed Polonsky.


Production Notes:

  • 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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  • UPC: 887090045308
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18/lbs (approx)
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