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703 Ratings

Raw Deal

Directed by Anthony Mann
United States, 1948
Drama, Crime, Film noir


Once freed, gangster Joe Sullivan and his girl friend Pat set off to find the mobster who set him up. The kidnapping of Ann Martin, the social worker who wrote to Joe in prison, leads the fugitive into a romantic triangle.

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Raw Deal Directed by Anthony Mann
Both [T-Men and Rawl Deal] are master classes in composition; they rest firmly in the tradition of the American cinema of the 1940s. But the earlier movie is, for me at least, considerably less poignant… In Raw Deal, the richness and complexity are in the story, the acting and the cutting as much as in the compositions, and for me that makes it the superior film.
October 30, 2017
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This 1948 feature is noir to its core, from its archetypal narrative to its vibrant visual expression… With screenwriters Higgins and Leopold Atlas, Mann peppers Raw Deal with seminal phrases like “two-time loser” and “behind the eight ball,” and the situations are prototypical noir happenstance: getting tripped up by a bullet-riddled gas tank or a neighboring outlaw on the run.
August 09, 2017
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Men brawl amidst flames in this tremendous, sinewy noir, but the real story lies in Trevor’s doleful inner struggle. Shivering behind a veil, her profile set against the heavy ticking of a clock, she listens to her beloved babbling about new beginnings while her rival is being tortured somewhere — a tangle of desire and guilt pointing the way to the redemptive inferno. In Mann’s city, the “breath of fresh air” the antiheroes long for is really their last.
January 06, 2014
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