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The Turning Point(1952)

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  • Relentless all the way...

    • el debbo
    • 5/9/14

    Edmond O'Brien is the tenacious kingpin crime-buster and William Holden is his best-friend from childhood, now a quick-witted journalist. They're both so brilliant and the dialogue is so smart, it's a film Matt Damon and Ben Afleck could cover nicely. Excellent sets, production values, street scenes. Relentless pace and you have to pay attention or you'll miss a piece of this jumbo puzzle. Alexis Smith, with her high-society yet feline looks, is perfect; you can see her as an intelligent proactive partner, not just a secretary. Neville Brand would be with Holden once again in a year in the great Stalag 17. Carolyn Jones was briefly wonderful; she can do anything! And it was funny to see Don Porter (Gidget's father on TV) as a hood, which he pulled off handily. I liked this movie very much.

  • Pointless

    • Emgee
    • 2/22/11

    Boy is this a frustrating movie! It's not bad, but not very good either. It tries to combine a characterdriven with a plotdriven movie, and fails on both counts. It's not tense enough for a crime thriller and not engaging enough to work as drama. It's like a car that tries to go forwards and backwards at the same time, and so never gets anywhere. Such a great cast and director, such a disappointing film.

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