The Scar

A murderer takes on the identity of the man he killed in this film noir classic.
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DVD Features:

  • Based upon a novel by Murray Forbes
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 689
Rating: 1.5/5 -- I'd read about this one for three years. Then I saw it and forgot it immediately. Full Review
Sep 6, 2011
Rating: 1/5 -- As one character asks, "It never stops, does it?" Well, no. Not as long as people keep paying to see such dreck. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Oct 7, 2010
Despite the killer's slavering way with a scalpel, there's no blood spurting out into your near-vision, just a lot of hopeless acting in your face. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Nov 7, 2008
Rating: 1/5 -- The result is humourless, implausible and lacks a single original idea. There would be no reason for this film to exist, were it not the first live action feature shot entirely in HD3D. Full Review
Total Film
Nov 7, 2008
Rating: 1/5 -- This boasts of being "a first of its kind 3D movie event", but it's just the same old torture porn tarted up. Full Review
Independent (UK)
Nov 7, 2008
Rating: 1/5 -- Another week, another yucky horror film with a title that sounds like "Saw". This one's in 3D. Full Review
Nov 7, 2008
Rating: 2/5 -- Despite it's technical savvy, this pans out as merely the latest in the dispiriting procession of torture porn movies while the dreary identification of the perp doesn't raise the excitement levels much higher than a half-hearted game of Cluedo. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Nov 7, 2008
Rating: 1/5 -- The sole high point? 3D tits. The porn industry is going to love this technology, presuming you don't mind wearing stupid dark glasses while masturbating. Full Review
Oct 14, 2012

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After a botched hit on a casino, the criminal mastermind John Muller has nowhere to run. With a band of killers on his trail, he hides out in an anonymous office job, knowing that his days are numbered. When he is mistaken for the psychiatrist Dr. Bartok, he finds his escape route. The doctor is a dead ringer for Muller, except for a hideous scar on his face. By inflicting the gruesome wound on his own cheek, the criminal is able to assume Bartok's identity. Through a twist of fate, Muller cuts the scar onto the wrong side of his face and finds his survival threatened. Unable to keep this precarious balance any longer, he makes one last attempt at escape before fate closes in on him.

Paul Henreid produced and starred in this inspired film-noir thriller. The nail-biting tension is magnified by phenomenal performances by Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street) and John Qualen (Paul Henreid's co-star in Casablanca). The Scar also introduces Dragnet's Jack Webb in his first motion picture role.

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A tense thriller about a killer who assumes the identity of his doctor who just so happens to be his look-alike.


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Haunting Movie Lover: from Walnut Creek, CA US -- January, 25, 2009

Excellent cinematography by John Alton. Fascinating. Excellent performances by Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett. Plot about as subtle as a house on fire, but plenty enough to chew on. Taking on the identity of a psychiatrist, even though he is horrified on discovering he has scarred the wrong side of his face, he's in the clear as everyone in his life is so self-absorbed, they don't notice.

The Scar Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- May, 8, 2004

Incredible, far-fetched story of a man that assumes another mans place is definitly done on an A budget, definitly film noir and definitly intiguing! Nice performances by Henreid and lovely Bennett. Worth a viewing! Nice print.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 56,525
  • UPC: 089218427991
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