A religious movie?
Listen, pals, don't let my thread title scare you away from this gem of a movie. I urge all film noir and crime thriller fans to give it a try. I think you'll be glad you did.
There is a theme of miraculous redemption concerning Robert Ryan's character in this, and thus, one might not be far wrong in feelng there is a religious...but absolutely not preachy...feeling here.
Director Nicholas Ray didn't intend such a theme. RKO's studio head, Howard Hughes, meddled with the film considerably taking away Ray's original intent. This just might be for the good, because On Dangerous Ground emerges as an unique film and a quite satisfying one.
Ida Lupino's character and her effect on Ryan has much to do with the film's flavor.
I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.