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Out of the Past (1948)

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Jane Greer Jane Greer
Kathie
Rhonda Fleming Rhonda Fleming
Meta Carson
Steve Brodie Steve Brodie
Fisher


Written by
James M. Cain James M. Cain
uncredited


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OUT OF THE PAST

14 years, 4 months ago at Jul 18 11:01
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This was the movie that first made me aware of "film noir" although in those days they were just known as thrillers and nothing more than that. Over the years these black and white movies have gathered a cult following. "Out of the Past" stars Robert Mitchum and the gorgeous Jane Greer. It is a sordid tale about former private detective Jeff Markham (Robert Mitchum) trying to escape his unsavoury ... read more

A classic

11 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 9:53
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Since this movie had a really stellar reputation, I was really eager to check it out. Well, it is probably the most essential film noir ever made. Indeed, you basically had all the usual trademarks : the raincoats, the hats, the omnipresent cigarettes, the gansters, the detective, the femmes fatale and the double-crossing intrigues. Considering the directing, I saw as well a couple of other movies... read more

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8 months, 1 week ago at Mar 26 8:23
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What a movie. If I had to give away the term quintessential film noir to any film noir, Out of the Past could very well be it. The plot is complicated yet it is very engrossing, with plenty of effective scenes, especially that unforgettable ending. It is gorgeously shot, exceptionally directed, adeptly scripted and atmospherically scored, these are reasons enough to watch this film. But I can't wr... read more
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Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed.
Release date: 26 February 1948
UPC: 053939675924
Tags: Film Noir (18), Thriller (11), 1940s (9), Gangster (8), Drama (6), Detective (6), 1947 (6), Revenge (5), Usa (5), Murder (5), Black & White (5), California (5), Casino (5), Cabin (5), Femme Fatale (5), Mexico (4), Betrayal (4), Roulette (4), Noir (3)
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“What a movie. If I had to give away the term quintessential film noir to any film noir, Out of the Past could very well be it. The plot is complicated yet it is very engrossing, with plenty of effective scenes, especially that unforgettable ending. It is gorgeously shot, exceptionally directed, adeptly scripted and atmospherically scored, these are reasons enough to watch this film. But I can't write this review without praising the acting. Robert Mitchum is memorably languid as the ultra-hard-boiled former private detective, while Jane Greer is dangerously beautiful as the cold yet equally beautiful femme-fatale. Kirk Douglas is also brilliant as the soft-spoken yet truly Machiavellian gangster. Overall, Out of The Past is quite simply quintessential film noir. 10/10 Bethany Cox” read more

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