A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released for lack of evidence—after having been beaten up and tortured by the police—he sets out to discover who set him up, and why.
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DCP. The first part, of the meeting of the thieves, the assault and the arrest of the wrong man, is exquisite, full-blown cinema of a pulsating narrative. But when we/the film leave for Mexico, the soundtrack continues hysterically to boost something that the image elaborates dramaturgical more dense and stiff, less nervous, and there is no solution out of this contradiction. Terrible happy end.
For once, Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef and Neville Brand spend a lot more than their usual 4 1/2 minutes on the screen in 'Kansas City Confidential'. To be honest, they're clearly the main reason to see this film nowadays. One might also say that the first 30 minutes of the movie are hectic of course but the ridiculous love story that follows prevents this Phil Karlson film from obtaining the cult status. Recommended.
Good tough 50's crime caper from director Karlson featuring a strong script for the 'B' genre. Though it certainly plays to the conventions the film has enough thrills and slapped faces to keep one fixated. Performances are nothing special though Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam are certainly a trio of memorable accomplices.
Why do I feel this movie just deflates? The opening scene is excellent visual storytelling, the three accomplices have perfect faces, but once it gets to Mexico, it drags. The love interest acts in ways that are borderline absurd, plus I get a sappy ending. Where's the noir I was promised at the beginning of this movie?
A great film noir. The "poorman's" version of The Killers (1946) and still one of the best. The best craps scene in any movie for anyone who's ever thrown dice. Plus it features the greatest face to ever grace the silver screen...Jack Elam. Lee Van Cleef is in it to...and with Lee Van Cleef you know you're in for some solid entertainment.