Body and Soul
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 31, 2012
- Originally Released: 1947
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Garfield & Lilli Palmer|
|Performer:||William Conrad, Hazel Brooks, James Burke, Anne Revere, Joseph Pevney & Canada Lee|
|Directed by||Robert Rossen|
|Edited by||Francis D. Lyon & Robert Parrish|
|Written by||Abraham Polonsky|
|Composition by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Produced by||Bob Roberts|
|Director of Photography:||James Wong Howe|
Academy Awards 1947 - Best Film Editing: Francis D. Lyon & Robert Parrish
Garfield's bullish performance saves the movie from its stagy moments and episodic script. Full Review
[T]his is both one of Hollywood's best boxing movies and a melodramatic morality tale, taking a skewed look at the American dream.
Sight and Sound
Body and Soul is a film not simply with gritty boxing scenes but also a fascinating character analysis indicative of the human condition. Full Review
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The fight film to which all others are compared. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- John Garfield gives a wonderful performance in the noir sports melodrama, directed by the blacklisted Polonsky Full Review
Trite is hardly the word for the plot, which was already wheezy by the time this minor classic was made in 1947, but Abraham Polonsky's script brings such tight, painful focus to the moral choices that it seems fresh and real. Full Review
This is tight, hard-hitting entertainment. Full Review
A boxer wins the world middleweight championship title in a fixed fight. His deteriorated moral compass leads him away from his loved ones. Look for actor Canada Lee, who plays aging boxer Ben Chaplin--he was a middle weight contender before pursuing acting. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actor--John Garfield, Best Original Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Film Editing.
In order to support his widowed mother, a poor Jewish kid from the lower East Side pursues a career in professional boxing. His ambition to make it to the top makes him an easy target for an unscrupulous, double-crossing gambler, whose specialty is building fighters up, only to tear them down again.
- Before embarking on an acting career, Canada Lee was a middleweight contender in his youth. Lee played aging middleweight champ "Ben Chaplin" in the film.
- Additional cast: Lloyd Goff (Roberts), Virginia Gregg (Irma), Peter Virgo (Drummer), Joe Devlin (Prince), Shimin Rushkin (Grocer), Mary Currier (Miss Tedder), Milton Kibbie (Dan), Artie Dorrell (Jack Marlowe), Cy Ring (Victor), Glen Lee (Marine), John Indresano (Referee), and Dan Tobey (Flight Announcer).