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  1. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    It's like The Truth (Clouzot) and a little bit like Once Upon a Time in America (Leone). I think it may have been extremely influential, regardless of all the OTT moments (a fight near the beginning springs to mind). But it's the power of the cinematography; the pan up from the judges podium, or the symbolism between Nick combing his hair at the end, and the fire between Emma at the restaurant. Powerful stuff.

  2. Pango's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    The speech at the end! Wow!

  3. Laura Suffield's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    All the criticisms made here are certainly true, but it's still an excellent, compelling film with some beautiful images (the hands over the bible in court, the hands opening the gas taps) and a great deal of carefully built-up tension.

  4. Zanna Walsh's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    Another gem I didn't know. A strong cast, especially Bogart, whose last monologue in court shows what a wonderful actor he was. A moral tale for 1949, alas same stuff can still be preached today, we havn't moved on much. Great direction as always from Mr Ray. And side note to any Stranger Things fans. Allene Roberts, playing Emma. Double of a certain 11.

  5. SamSalt's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    Not sure about the flashback structure but it doesn't shy away from the consequences of crime or have a happy ending. For me Bogart's speech at the end is a classic - it's easy to be cynical about it today but was bold for its time.

  6. mubiphile's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    Not the film they would have wanted to make but with the script they had the piece was doomed to be a disappointment.

  7. First Lady Dré's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    dated but it's heart's in the right place

  8. L'immoralistee's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

  9. Dalibor's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    A lot of things here seem out of place. Non-charismatic protagonists, who's story lacks any depth but "bad neighborhood issues", and a bunch of over-dramatic sequences concerning rest of the crew, just to end with an expected naive epistle.

  10. Michael Harbour's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    The movie founders with didactic courtroom speeches, but it still ain't half bad. And it spread the memorable line from the novel; "Live fast, die young, and have a good looking corpse." The Willard Motley novel the movie is based on sounds fascinating, though (http://amzn.to/1ExNuNs). As is the life of Motley himself (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Motley).

  11. Howard Orr's rating of the film Knock on Any Door

    A by-numbers social conscience film in many ways, but bristling with Ray's sympathetic approach to the frustrations of young people (before they were given the handy socio-economic tag "teenager"). Nick Romano is very much a precursor to Dean's more middle-class character in "Rebel Without A Cause"

  12. codyhunter's rating of the film Knock on Any Door