In this taut noir based on a Hemingway short story, Burt Lancaster is lured to ruin by a treacherously irresistible Ava Gardner.
Burt Lancaster shot to stardom in his screen debut as an ex-boxer lured into ruin by Ava Gardner's treacherously irresistible femme fatale in this taut noir classic. Robert Siodmak's exemplary adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway short story opens with hit men gunning down Lancaster's stoically accepting target. A fractured puzzle of flashbacks reveals the backstory of the killing in this stylishly hard-edged tale of robbery, unrequited love and betrayal. D: Robert Siodmak, US, 1946, 105m
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