Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time. —IMDb
Writer-director Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, one of the most prominent victims of the Hollywood blacklisting of communists and social progressives in the post-World War II period, was born on December 5, 1910, in New York, New York. An unreconstructed Marxist, Polonsky never hid his membership in the Communist Party. (Indeed, it was known by the federal government during World War II, when he was a member of the O.S.S. working in France with the Resistance, given credence to the charge that the House Un-American Activities Committee wasn’t interested so much in “ferreting out” communists and fellow-travelers as in making progressives of the F.D.R. coalition publicly repudiate their beliefs in a form of public penance.) After being named by former fellow O.S.S. member Sterling Hayden, Polonsky himself was arraigned before HUAC in 1951. After defying the committee by refusing to name names, he was blacklisted for 17 years by the U.S. film industry.
As director and screenwriter, Polonsky… read more
Influential to Scorsese's films, this noir is full of corruption, excellent performances, and great dialogue.
A nightmare. New York is like a twisting metal parasite, sucking the life and color out of everything. Choking it. This is one of the most intense of film noirs, and yet despite its intensity, its violence, its claustrophobic feeling of oppression, there is redemption, good, and justice. Powerful stuff.
Financed by John Garfield’s Enterprise productions, ‘Force of Evil’ remains Abraham Polonsky’s impassioned plea for the dignity of the working class when faced with endemic, institutionalised corruption… read review
Ce film de Polonsky, cinéaste durement touché par les affres du maccarthysme, est un classique du film noir. Les qualités de l’oeuvres se repèrent assez vite. Il y a d’abord, dans ce film du rythme… read review