7,5/10, more than satisfactory. An once good guy who didn't have a chance but being a gangster, between the love of two women, his loyal girlfriend and a second one, who believed that he can change. A simple double cross plot, nice performances, music theme, direction and photography make this a worth watching noir.
The cinematography definitely stands out - framing is careful with classic composition, impressive use of light, there are some memorable scenes here. While the story perhaps is appropriate for a B-noir film, I felt it was a bit of a letdown - especially that the "protagonist" is the least interesting character in the film, which does not help. I can still recommend it for its 1940s feel and fantastic visual style.
Great thriller crime/drama noir. Keeps the audience on their toes. Great use of capturing emotion of actors & actresses throughout by showing the accelerate of character's as a doomed love triangle. The camera angles capturing the empowerment of the actors with voice overs & the third period narrative of Pat in the introduction of the film & throughout. Recommend this to anyone who is interested in crime & action.
"[Raw Deal] was based on a script called Corkscrew Alley in which a Texan named Tex Lester, escapes a chain gang, busts his girl free from the reformatory, and becomes a 'Santa Claus bandit,' committing crimes dressed as the jolly elf.... Had the original script been shot as written, it would now be considered a cult classic, instead of the vaguely respectable genre exercise it became." - HappyHooligan.co 3.5 stars
The story line of the film is very entertaining. Every time there was a road block in their plan they had to think fast and come up with something else to get them out of the situation. The cinematography and performances from the actors was incredible an really made the film outstanding. The music in the background was also a nice touch and matched the mood of each scene.
This is a really fun film to watch. Sure it is hammy and sexist (as per usual 40s/50s era), but the characters are distinct and Raymond Burr playing the heavy. Burr is so young, I thought he was Cary Grant at first. Are there any other films where he plays the antagonist? He is pretty good at that.