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- Norman Brenner
Jean Simmons is very pretty in this film. Her character is also rich, clever, plays chess and piano, and doesn't smoke or drink. It's easy to see why an ordinary Joe would be intrigued by her. Unfortunately, there are no twists or curves in the plot. She clearly hates her stepmother from the beginning. We just wait and wait and wait for something bad to happen. Mitchum's character sees right through her, but still makes a fatal, dumb mistake. Preminger was right to hate the script. On the plus side, the car wreck sequences are pretty realistic (and horrifying).And, to add insult to injury, the movie poster pictured on the IMDB webpage for this movie is a fake newspaper front page which gives away the ending!
Wow! A man like Robert Mitchum
- Carmen Leftwich
Robert Mitchum is the type of man that all of us "broads" get addicted to. He's devastatingly sexy and you are determined to prove to yourself that you can hook him because you will prove to yourself that you can. Whether you hook him or not, he is bad news. I had a man like that and seeing Robert Mitchum, I was reliving the whole thing over again. I could hardly breathe.The theme music, by Dimitri Tiomkin was haunting and you could feel Jean Simmons anxiety in it.
- Kathie M.
I sat up too late last night watching "Angel Face" on DVD. I'm afraid I got hooked in from the beginning of the film, but it was pretty obvious that the Simmons character was guilty as sin (this isn't a murder mystery). I will say I was shocked at the murder and the ending. so there are a few surprises. I thought this was a great film-really entertaining.
- Irene M.
You'd think Frank would have been smarter than to get in the car with Diane, a murderer. Not the ending I anticipated and a great disappointment. The ending did not make sense at all for Frank to ever bother with her again and to get in the passenger side of the car with her as the driver. Made him look like a fool. This ruined the movie for me.
Great film - unpredictable
Jean Simmons gave a superb and convincing performance as a narcissistic and disturbed woman. There were two unpredicatable events in the film that kept me glued to the movie - when it wasn't just her step mother who got in the car, and the very end which was a surprising twist after she seemed to have realized how wrong her actions were. This was a great movie, and Robert Mitchum was his usual very handsome self.
- don letta
From the get go, the Simmons character is seriously disturbed. Surely her parents realized this, and yet did nothing about it. That fact throws a wrench into the story. How did this obvious character fool so many people?... especially the audience. Mitchum had the same problem. Almost exactly... with Faith Domergue around the same time. Guess he emptied some brain cells between Out of the Past, and this turkey. A waste of two good cars.
- kevin sellers
One of my favorite noirs. Uncompromisingly bleak and crazy, with Mitchum the perfect schlub and Simmons the perfect femme fatale. Early Preminger at his best. (I like it even better than "Laura," 'cause it's more disturbing.) Classic L.A. setting, too. (Didn't all the great noirs take place in and around the City of Angels?) Give it an A. P.S. It comes as no surprise that the co writer of this top notch noir is the same person who wrote the top notch western "The Searchers." Talking of course about Frank Nugent. For my dough, as good as the Mankewiecz Boys.
- Dashiell B.
Director Preminger owes a lot of this films success from previous noires. Mitchum is a driver lured by Simmons, excellent against type, into the murder of her parents. While some elements of this genre film are predictable, the story is more cynical than previous noires. Definitely worth watching for noir-lovers. I give it a 3.5/5.
Este filme um dos melhores noir do clssico. Muito bom mesmo. O elenco um dos melhores e a direo maravilhosa.
- Jarrod McDonald
Just finished watching this and wanted to write about it while it was still fresh in my mind...some of Mitchum's noirs with RKO were fairly average, and some of Preminger's 50s films were also rather average, but with this production, they truly crank out a superb film. Jean Simmons is probably what makes it so good...it's another one of those complicated characters she plays so well in her career (like the one in Elmer Gantry, where you know she's all wrong and bad, but there is still an angelic quality). The courtroom scenes are very good in this film, with a great turn by character actor Jim Backus. And even after the verdict, there's still about 15 minutes of screen time left, and Preminger and his cast keep it suspenseful right up till the end. Loved it!
- Bruce Reber
"Angel Face" is one of the most underrated 50's film noirs, and I think one of Otto Preminger's best films. The last scene where the Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons characters go flying off the cliff in her sports car is kind of a twist on an old adage: instead of you should never get into a car with a stranger, you should never get into a car with a woman(and psycho killer)that you have fallen obsessively in love with.
more subtle than your typical murder mystery
- luke ramsey
The Jean Simmons character is much more complex - and genuinely human - than the normal bad girl/murder suspect. She's confused, immature, lovable, devoted, manipulative, dangerous and gorgeous, a rare combination. What she see in Robert Mitchum, I'll never know.