Aroview: An overlooked film noir gem that fires on all cylinders, marked above all by a sensationally giddy performance by Richard Widmark as a two-bit hustler looking for his break in the world of professional wrestling.
A marvellously sweaty depiction of London racketeering, gifted dir. Jules Dassin umpires the character, action, intricate plotting, a classic wrestling sequence, and Bernard Herrmann's hysterical score, with a vitality and focus that after all these years maintains its powerful hold.
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This "Criterion Collection Edition" includes an audio commentary by film scholar Glenn Erickson, a new video interview with dir. Jules Dassin, excerpts from a 1972 French interview with Dassin, a comparison by Christopher Husted of the Bernard Hermann estate of the two scores recorded for the British and American releases of the film, plus a new essay by film critic Paul Arthur.