Director: Robert Wise (USA 1959)
Robert Wise’s superb 1959 noir stars Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan and Ed Begley as the ill-matched trio who plan to rob a bank. The trouble starts when fanatical racist Earl Slater (Ryan), threatens to gum up the operations. ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’ is a sour, unpleasant view of life in late- 50s America and Wise explores its underbelly of brutal violence, bigotry and desolate landscapes- hauntingly shot by Joseph C Brun- without apology. Beautifully performed by the ensemble cast (Shelly Winters etches a memorable portrait as Slater’s long suffering wife) and backed by John Lewis’s driving progressive jazz score, this is classic noir at its finest.
Time Out (London) – Issue 2019 – 30 April 2009 – 62