I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang was such a powerful movie that the man whose life story the film was based on received a pardon from the Georgia chain gang he was trapped in & in the box office its profits saved Warner Bros. from bankruptcy. It had a real, tangible effect on reality & that's something most films aren't able to claim. Maybe Hollywood should follow suit once again in this vein.
Almost brilliant, some dated aspects of this outsanding picture draw it back a little: over the top acting, two or three unnecessary shots and some discoursive moments of the script. Nevertheless, Paul Muni is magnificent and the criticism of the American way of life that is put together in this movie is so daring that it hypnotizes you from beggining to end. A must-see.
CINEMA _ Instant classic. Great political film, at times a thriller or a film noir. Mervyn Leroy is not just a fantastic storyteller but he pays a strong attention to details. Look at those transitions, at the secondary characters, it could be a Ford movie. The very last shot amazed me.
A beautiful existential adventure of a man constantly in bad luck striving for the American Dream, who finds himself wronged by the legal system time after time. He takes matters into own hands and escapes from prison, turning him into a lovable hero. He then resumes his ambitions and becomes an honorable citizen, but his goodwill turns against him again. Great acting, wonderfully filmed and very depressing. Classic.
Either an absurdist take on the lack of control of an individual over his life, or a political exposure of the brutal penitentiary methods going on in part of the United States, its unflashy style makes watching this film feel like eating a handful of sand.
Historically important, and incredibly well put together while exemplifying the tight and gritty early Warner Bros. style. This does not feel like a 1932 film. And the Pre-Code production makes some scenes a bit...riskier. In every sense of the word: flawless. Especially the noir-esque closing shot in darkness.
This is the real Cool Hand Luke. This is an ultra gritty incredible film. Muni was the dude in the 30s. Very much the Brando of his day. So versatile. One of the best ever, and the ending is a visual you wont soon forget