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.
A nice little noir that i'd not heard of, with a wonderful young Ann Bancroft. I really liked Aldo Ray in this, I found him actually quite vulnerable, especially in the first scene with Bancroft. (she leaves her Martini at the bar!) Loved the running away from the baddies in the long, tight sequinned dress. A good watch.
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.
There's much to enjoy here, and a little to regret. Characters who talk and behave like real people are slightly unnerving in a 50's crime genre movie! The calm exuded by the good guy and his gal is a bit much at times given the violence of the bank robbers,but they'd clearly read ahead and were confident of a happy ending.
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... www.cinefiches.com
Not bad noir exercise from director Tourneur with a crackling script by Stirling Silliphant and David Goodis. Acting styles vary with Brian Keith a quite good villian, Aldo Ray a weak protaganist and Anne Bancroft showing very little of her later acting prowness in an early role. Bancroft's "wanted man" line a real howler.
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.
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