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140 Ratings

Body and Soul

Directed by Robert Rossen
United States, 1947
Drama, Sport, Film noir


Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match, commencing a blooming career in boxing, but the interest of an unethical promoter leads Charley to increasingly difficult choices.

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Body and Soul Directed by Robert Rossen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1948 | Winner: Best Film Editing

1948 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1947 | 2nd place: Best Actor

Critics reviews

The political message of BODY AND SOUL hardly reaches beyond elementary Popular Front solidarity. Nevertheless BODY AND SOUL is the product of the most concentrated radical energy ever seen in Hollywood: beyond Garfield, director Robert Rossen, writer Abraham Polonsky, and actors Anne Revere, Lloyd Gough, and Canada Lee all eventually wound up in the crosshairs of the blacklist. The considerable artistry and craft elevate the familiar storyline, imbuing it with new context and urgency.
March 07, 2014
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The film’s most potent legacy is the unfathomable—and extra-cinematic—sadness that surrounds it. While the cast and crew roster boasts no fewer than six names of men who’d go on to become either great or dependable directors on their own, the HUAC witch hunt took its toll on many actors and crewmembers.
August 06, 2012
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