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The call of the avenger . . .
Ex-cop Vic Barron crossed the wrong mobsters; his wife and child were killed and he himself scarred, framed and imprisoned. On release, Vic has but one desire, revenge on still-hiding Tino Morelli.
Noir in the woods! Location work in Ketchikan, Alaska enhance this familiar tale of revenge with a solid lead from actor/director Mark Stevens as the disfigured Vic Barron. The story features many noir standards, but the switch in location to far-flung Alaska lends a distinguishable look that sets it apart from other films. Instead of the typical downtown city streets, we see distinctive locales that although outdoors and in daylight, cast their own particular spell. A conversation under a wooden bridge with debris, a boat ride out to an ancient holy place, and a foot chase across a dam; all are highlights of the location work showcased in this film. The performances are also quite engaging. Most noteworthy are Stevens (also the director of the film) and Skip Homeier as the blond haired killer looking to ruin the lives of a number of people in the far off Alaskan town.
The only Noir film to take place in Alaska, Cry Vengeance has all the elements of a great, gritty, B-grade crime film, but manages to waste most of that potential with clumsy pacing and plotting. We have a great revenge story, a wrongfully convicted cop just out of prison, whose family was murdered. Did I mention his deformed face?! A creepy, sleazy blonde villain, femme fatales, triple crossing, and a remote Alaskan fishing village for a setting.
The highlight of the movie was seeing that they actually shot it Ketchikan, giving the film a unique and convincing feel. There’s a lot of great long shots following characters as they move about the small town. However, I also feel like it…
"Look creep...why don't you take off before I take you apart."
Apart from some interesting location shooting showing mid-50's Alaska, the rest of this crime drama is completely forgettable - the direction, cinematography and acting are all very pedestrian.
It was ok, but it didnt really do anything for me. It was a cop seeking revenge on a man who killed his family but it wasnt as simple as that. There wasnt technically anything wrong with it, a few odd lines here and there but it just didnt grab me like other noirs
What do you do when you get framed for bribery, your face is disfigured and your wife and child are killed? You seek revenge, even if it takes you to Ketchikan, Alaska. Mark Stevens (The Dark Corner, The Street With No Name) both stars and makes his directorial debut with a cheapie Big Heat knockoff, but it's a tasty little morsel. Stevens gives the best performance I've seen from him, cold and intense, and leads a mighty fine cast of B-roster supporting players. The characters are so engaging that the deaths are tangibly felt by the viewer. Pretty much everyone in this movie is fun to watch, especially Skip Homeier as the suave, menacing gangster and Joan Vohs as his…
- Out of the Past
- The Maltese Falcon
- Touch of Evil
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- Ace in the Hole
- Among the Living
- Angel Face
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(work in progress!) Films are listed alphabetically. (I'm sticking only to '40s and '50s titles.) If a movie is missing…
- The Accused
- Ace in the Hole
- Act of Violence
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Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Classic Period by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and…