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7.4
/10
415 Ratings

Nightfall

Directed by Jacques Tourneur
United States, 1956
Drama, Thriller, Film noir

Synopsis

Jim Vanning is hiding out in Los Angeles while waiting for the Wyoming snow to melt. The previous winter, Vanning and a friend were camping in the Tetons and encountered a pair of fleeing bank robbers who killed Vanning’s friend. They fled, leaving their loot behind and believing Vanning to be dead.

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Nightfall Directed by Jacques Tourneur
The film is the result of one of those confluences of talent that still routinely happened in the waning days of the studios: gritty bon mots courtesy of screenwriter Stirling Silliphant, crystalline black-and-white photography from Burnett Guffey, a bewitchingly blue Anne Bancroft, a menacingly chipper double act from heavies Brian Keith and Rudy Bond, and broad-shouldered bruiser Aldo Ray at his mots tender.
November 02, 2018
All of this builds to a finale in the snowy Wyoming plains that anticipates Fargo in its evocation of an icy moral reckoning, with a final image offering a devastating sense of wider perspective to all this wrestling over mere money.
December 16, 2015
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Though the taurine Ray was never the most spellbinding performer, his occasional stiffness in Nightfall nicely enhances his wrong man’s weariness as he tries to stay ahead of two sociopaths convinced that he’s run off with the bundle they’ve stolen.
December 15, 2015
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