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Impact

3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker, Anna May Wong
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Writers: Dorothy Davenport, Jay Dratler
  • Producers: Harry M. Popkin, Joseph H. Nadel, Leo C. Popkin
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305770395
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,411 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

They're one kiss away from MURDER! Millionaire industrialist Walter Williams is marked for murder by his sexy young wife and her seedy lover. When the insidious plot ends in a fiery disaster, Williams is thought dead. In reality, he finds himself without a clue as to who he is or what happened. But as his memory starts to return, his shattered life becomes a runaway roller coaster ride of suspense and excitement! Beautifully photographed on location in San Francisco, this hard-boiled drama snaps with smart dialogue, a hell-frosted broad and more twists than a rusty corkscrew. "Impact" is truly a forgotten film noir masterpiece.

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Impact shows great promise in its first half, when industrialist Brian Donleavy's wife (Helen Walker -- the psychologist in Nightmare Alley) gets up to some homicidal duplicity. It's hard-core noir all the way, especially when push comes to shove on a dangerous mountain road. But then Donleavy ends up in Larkspur, Idaho, apparently suffering from amnesia, and falls for a girl mechanic. From here on in the tone grows sentimental and "women's-picture"-ish. When the climax comes, everybody seems suddenly to start behaving like imbeciles. There's enjoyable moments in Impact, but it's too compromised to be vintage noir.
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Brian Donlevy plays a husband who's wife is having an affair, and she tries to have him murdered by her lover, but it is the lover who ends up dead, and his wife is unaware of this because he disappears only to emerge later in the film.
I truly enjoyed this movie.
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It was a good movie with good acting.
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Impact has a very simple plot Walter Williams is marked for death by his cheating wife but when the plans go wrong and Williams is alive the film plays a great game of catchup! Donlevy is the star of the flick and he does more to draw you into the flick than dialogue ever could. He may not be tall but he has an imposing facing! His eyes and strong facial structure is a sight to see! I have to say that the film could have been shorter but in doing this some amazing cinematography would have been lost the image of a prisoned Willams (Donlevey) looking through a gate at his future love is amazing and the scene where his lover chases a woman who is crucial in freeing Williams of a crime through the narrow streets and shadows of chinatown is perfection. Impact may not be perfect but is is a very atmospheric and engaging ride non the least!
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By A Customer on March 18 2000
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Totally implausible film noir but complex & entertaining nonetheless. Bear in mind its a Wade Williams release which ain't exactly Criterion. Picture quality is good; sound is so-so. The 4-star, rave review on the box is written by....Wade Williams.
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