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164 Ratings

Born to Kill

Directed by Robert Wise
United States, 1947
Crime, Drama, Film noir


In Reno a man kills a girl he likes and her boyfriend out of jealousy; it may not be the first time. A woman whose divorce has just come through finds the bodies but decides not to become involved. The two meet next day on the train to San Francisco unaware of this link between them.

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Born to Kill Directed by Robert Wise

Critics reviews

Let’s look at Born to Kill, a film that has received less than its fair share of attention. In this film, then, it’s the script itself that is admirable and completely new; the weak spot is the mise en scène. Technically it is beyond reproach and in places quite powerful, but alas, dreadfully ordinary and typical fo the genre, which was precisely what the film aimed to break away from and grind into dust.
December 25, 1955

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