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A well-acted melodrama, but in my opinion quite overrated.


The plot is very contrived, and I found it difficult to believe the story or care about the characters. In spite of the fine acting, directing, and music, I found the film overall to be mediocre.

"It's eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors. There's nothing else to it." William Wyler

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I must say I agree...It didn't grab me.

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Agree. Just watched it for the first time and I don't understand why this is so highly regarded. The first scene is great, because it's lifted from the Hemingway short story but the rest of the movie is not very good. The main characters are unsymphatetic. The assurance detective Reardon lacks charisma and is kind of a douchebag. Burt Lancaster plays a weird wimpy douche too and Ava Garder is just a pretty face with no real depth to her character other than being yet another manipulative femme fatale. The plot is pointless mess and there's no emotional depth to it. The best film noirs have great dialogue, but this doesn't have any apart from the first scene that lifts it's dialogue from the original short story, but it's all downhill after that since the screenwriter is no Hemingway. A mediocre movie, imo.

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