ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

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  1. ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
  1. 1959, Robert Wise, USA, 96 min.

“Bristling with tension and rage, this moody heist movie is also a cogent study of racial hatred.”
—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Produced by star Belafonte, scored by jazz great John Lewis, and scripted behind a “front” by talented blacklistee Abraham Polonsky, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW is an explosive mixture of film-noir pessimism and civil-rights-era social consciousness. Three Manhattan mugs--a cashiered cop (Ed Begley), an angry ex-con (Ryan), and an unlucky jazz musician (Belafonte)--team up to heist an upstate bank, but racial tensions threaten to undermine their plans. Gloria Grahame and Shelley Winters play broads par excellence; Cicely Tyson has a striking bit part; and Joseph Brun’s evocative wintertime cinematography could make your teeth chatter. 35mm. (MR)

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