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213 Ratings


Directed by Frank Borzage
United States, 1948
Drama, Film noir


Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

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Moonrise Directed by Frank Borzage

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1949 | Nominee: Best Sound, Recording

Borzage returns to his silent-era roots, filling the screen with lyrical, expressionistic images of entrapment and tension to tell the story of a young man hunted and haunted by a legacy of violence and guilt. Few noir films are suffused with such compassion, or such a feeling for the na tural world and the traditions of rural life.
January 02, 2019
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I’ve never been able to get a handle on this film, despite my eternal love of all things Borzage. I just don’t end up caring for Dane Clark’s protagonist, which places me at odds with the film’s romantic leanings. But this is not a commonly help opinion, and Gail Russell is so good, her facial expressions and Borzage’s close-ups making up for anything else the film may be lacking.
August 08, 2018
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Moonrise isn’t really film noir — it takes the humanist point of view that criminals are not born, they’re made, and can be unmade — but it boasts some of the most gorgeous noir cinematography of the era, via John L. Russell. And though Moonrise certainly isn’t a horror movie, it has several genuinely frightening moments, including a jolter of an opening.
August 07, 2018
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