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A Bullet for Joey (Bilingual) [Import]

Edward G. Robinson , George Raft , Lewis Allen    Unrated   DVD
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dream pairing in a disappointing film March 9 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
This self described"film noir" from MGM of A Bullet for Joey(released Apr/55)starring,among others,Edward G. Robinson as Insp. Raoul Leduc and George Raft as Joe Victor aka Steiner,is unfortunately a bust.I do not believe for a second this film falls within the film noir category like a Big Sleep or DOA would.To me it's a just a plain melodrama of cops vs the bad guys.The pairing of these two pros was,on paper,fantastic,but on screen the paper thin plot falls as flat as Raft's feet.
The story finds a gang of origin unknown,after the brains of a professor working on secret project involving,the soup de jour of the cold war 50s,the A-Bomb.The location funny enough is not New Mexico but Montreal.The gang plans to kidnap the professor and sail him away to an unspecified foreign government,and they employ the efforts of a well known U.S.gangster(Raft)in doing that.Raft calls up three of his best men from the old days along with an old flame from Cuba.Her job is to put the hussle on the professor and lure him into their clutches.Things start off well as one of Raft's boys pretends to fall in love with the prof's secretary,but after she spills the beans on what kind of work the prof's working on and its' location,she winds up dead in a field.Things start to slowly unravel after this.He goes back to L.A.while Raft,in his absence,finds out about his deed.Raft makes sure he never sees the next sunrise again.
Robinson is the local Inspector for the Montreal detachment of the RCMP and he has been working on the case,unbeknownst to him,from the start,after a fellow RCMP officer was killed early on in the film.The same gang that killed the cop are also involved with the planned kidnapping.Robinson's leads get he and an associate kidnapped and taken aboard a ship the gang has paid for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tough to watch Aug. 13 2010
I love gangster flicks and especially old ones. I am positive this is one that both Raft and Robinson probably wish they passed on. I have tried to watch it 3 times and haven't been able to make it through. Buy it if you are a collector but don't buy it hoping for an evening of entertainment.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Crime Film. Aug. 21 2007
By peterfromkanata - Published on Amazon.com
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I must admit that I bought this disc because I was intrigued with the idea of casting Edward G. Robinson and George Raft as adversaries in the same film. Of course, these gentlemen are two of the "giants" of the crime/film noir genre. Unfortunately they are let down by a hackneyed script and mediocre production values.

The film takes place in Montreal during the "cold war", and "the other side" wants to kidnap a brilliant scientist and the details of a top-secret project he is working on. Their agent, who poses as a book-seller ( ruthless Peter Van Eyck ), hires an American gangster ( tough, no-nonsense George Raft )--exiled to Portugal--to come to Montreal, reassemble his old gang and grab the scientist. As this plan takes shape, a couple of related murders get the attention of an RCMP inspector ( a cerebral Edward G. Robinson ). Can the inspector foil the plot and save the scientist before he is whisked off somewhere behind the Iron Curtain ?

As I have indicated, this is not a very good film, but Messrs. Raft and Robinson still have a formidable presence. George Raft is perfect as a guy you really don't want to cross ! On the other hand, I agree that the great Edward G. Robinson is wasted here--this role couldn't have been much of a challenge for him, and it could have been played by any competent, journeyman actor. There is another reason to sit through this movie--Audrey Totter. As Mr. Raft's ex-girlfriend who is "recruited" to charm the scientist, Ms. Totter gives us another rivetting performance that has made her one of film noirs' best "femmes fatales".

I have yet to see a truly complete definition of "film noir" and I am certainly no expert. I suspect, however, that "A Bullet For Joey"s status as film noir could be open to debate.

The disc has a decent full-frame, black and white picture, and mono sound.

On the cover of the DVD is a terrific representation of Robinson, Raft and Totter, and all three are very watchable. However, on the back I see words like "pulls out all the stops for excitement and edge-of-your-seat suspense"--"explosive"--"breathtaking"--"pulse-pounding"--"crackling"--"rapid-fire"--"action-packed". If you swallow all this hype, I have some "Ocean-Front Property in Arizona" that you might be interested in !
Apart from the stars, this one is disappointingly routine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll watch anything said to be FILM NOIR!!! April 11 2013
By Jeremy Shingles - Published on Amazon.com
Why'd we watch this movie? Because Edward G. Robinson is in it. Because it's the Pluto of the Film Noir solar system - not really a planet, but close enough. It's an alright example of "Cold-War/Spy-Noir/Atomic Threats" types of movies. It lacked in explaining exactly what the communist spies were after with their plan to kidnap the physicist. We feel that we must recommend but another Spy-Noir/Commie Pic: "Walk a Crooked Mile". WACM is an earlier and more intriguing example of the aforementioned propaganda genre. For some reason, we always hope that these movies will end with detonation of the secret device! But, alas, this is no "Kiss Me Deadly". This is a warning against the Communists. In this case, they'll use the mob to do their "evil deeds" so that they may overtake the free world. But, Hollywood shant allow it! Furthermore, we shant allow this movie to be purchased for $25.99! Watching it is one thing, but as you know, NASA only funded the race to the Moon, never to Pluto...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bullet For Joey April 27 2013
By Jose Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
A Bullet For Joey has Everything I like Spys,Espionage,AntiCommunism(The Bad Guys are Commies as it should be),George Raft(The Mob),and Edward Robinson's performance,And Of course at the end Redemption for having blow the whole lid off the thing.While It all takes Place In Montreal,THE RCMP gets on the move with the Help of American Authorities for some good twists and turns and vintage Cold-War Era Goodness(The Best are always the AntiRed ones.)this movie is an winner and with some fine actors and acting and an good plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bullet for me....please ! Feb. 4 2011
By Brad Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
"A Bullet For Joey" is really not a bad story, but the dialogue is extremely flat, boring and Edward G. Robinson and George Raft are simply going through the motions with their monotone voices. Neither actor seems like they really want to be in this movie.
Some nice police procedural activity is seen with mid 1950s radar systems in use.
For EGR and Raft fans only !!
I am still debating on whether to purchase it or not !
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzz July 30 2007
By Carl Tait - Published on Amazon.com
If there's ever an award for "Most Boring Film Noir Ever Made," this little stinker would be in strong contention. It is a miserable, plodding police procedural with essentially nothing to recommend it. About the best you can say is that the last 15 minutes are marginally less dull than the rest. Edward G. Robinson is squandered. Set in Montreal, the film has all the French-Canadian flavor of Frank Sinatra singing "O Canada."
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