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336 Ratings


Directed by Jacques Tourneur
United States, 1957
Drama, Thriller, Film noir


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

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  • FISCHER's rating of the film Nightfall

    Cette étonnante réalisation regroupe finalement ce qui se faisait de meilleur à l'époque, pour la conception d'un film réussi : un réalisateur patenté (Jacques Tourneur), un scénariste hors normes (Stirling Silliphant), un romancier incontournable (David Goodis), un chef-opérateur sublime (Burnett Guffey), et des acteurs dans la plénitude de leurs talents pour un explosif cocktail bienvenu...

  • Daniel Trujillo's rating of the film Nightfall

    I loved this movie. Too bad Tourneur didn't get to make more of these types of films, one with Aldo and Mitchum would've been a treat from God

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Nightfall

    Pretty good noir gem. Jacques Tourneur's direction is great without being pushy & Anne Bancroft is nothing short of mesmerizing in this. The flashbacks are very well done as is any scene involving snow. I really feel Nightfall could've benefited from a different lead as Aldo Ray was schlubbish, dopey & I didn't really care about him. The rest of the cast was just okay & the ending was too convenient & abrupt to me.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Nightfall

    Film noir thriller from director Jacques Tourneur is unfortunately not on the level of some of his other noir classics. A strong story (based on a Dave Goodis novel) is hampered by a slow pace and too many talky scenes. Aldo Ray is a bit too luggish in the lead, but Anne Bancroft shines as his love interest in an improbable love story. Ruby Bond steals his scenes as a gleefully sadistic crook. Tourneur frames the gri

  • Dave's rating of the film Nightfall

    Solid noir, raised up by the outstanding direction of Tourneur, one of the greatest of all noir directors. Burnett Guffey also shines as the DP.

  • James's rating of the film Nightfall

    As many plot holes as bullet holes, hilarious dialogue that must have inspired Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and the Coens have been all over this.Great baddie double act. Anne Bancroft doesn't bother to learn how models walk and there is a weird marriage propoganda undercurrent.Fabulously flawed entertainment.

  • P D Dawson's rating of the film Nightfall

    A Hitchcockian-style thriller with a wonderful performance from Aldo Ray and some very uncomfortably nasty bad guys. This is noir at its full-throttle best, where the tension never ceases to amplify until its final climax.

  • SiIencio's rating of the film Nightfall

    Rocambolesque noir where the the plot is stretched beyond the realms of the plausible hitting cartoonist notes at times. In such a confusing and confused atmosphere the cast does seem to forget it is their paid jobs with a general offering of unconvincing performances. Bancroft on the other hand just needs to bat her eyelashes to remain mesmerising particularly in early exchanges that quickly fall into oblivion.