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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur
  • Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Frank Fenton, James M. Cain
  • Producers: Robert Sparks, Warren Duff
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: July 6 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000244EYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,806 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Muldoon on Oct. 22 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the sexiest, wittiest, forties films of all. Double crosses abound, the bad guys are by far the best dressed in shoulder padded suits and two toned shoes, and the plot, concerned in part with gang leader Kirk Douglas evading an IRS bust, is as twisting and devious as the mind of femme fatale Ms Greer. Every part in the film is memorable thanks to great writing - even the waitress in the opening diner scene has punchy repartee worthy of Rosalind Russell. The bad guys get their come-uppance but true to film noir convention, the good-bad guy hero Robert Mitchum doesn't prevail. Most film noir have an earnestness about them, fate and doom hovering in the background. Much of OUT OF THE PAST is funny in a cynical, world weary, knowing way . It is to my mind the most enjoyable of all film noir. Stands up to many viewings and is worth revisiting regularly to remind you what great movie making is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges on Feb. 13 2004
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This is one of the best examples of Film Noir ever produced. Everything about the production is dark and troubling, yet so fascinating that you can't turn away. The trio of Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas are central to the plot, and all are brilliant in their roles. Mitchum is perfect as the cool and smart former Private Investigator turned gas station owner who finds out that he still has entanglements from his previous life, Kirk Douglas is the absolute embodiment of a cold, calculating career criminal, and beautiful Jane Greer manages to ensnare everyone in her web of mystery and deceit.
This is the ultimate intellectual crime drama, and a viewing of this film could teach contemporary directors how suspense is supposed to be executed. The plot is so intricate and involved that I won't even discuss it, other than to say this: pay attention. The abrupt plot twists rarely, if ever, turn out like a first time viewer would expect, and the suspense created by director Jacques Tourneur is palpable.
The DVD is going to be released soon, and I will be sure to augment my VHS copy with the new DVD. This film really is one of the classics of American cinema, and is definitely as absorbing and engrossing as anything made in the last fifty years. For a wild and suspenseful ride, with a plot full of twists, turns, and surprises until the very end, don't miss "Out of the Past!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Tesi on Aug. 4 2000
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Out of the Past is one of the finest noir pictures ever produced. The direction, cinematography, script, and acting are masterfully woven into a complex tale that heightens the genre's importance to cinematic art. Cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca creates mood, drama, and characterization with his visually engrossing sets. Stark contrast lighting, which is a hallmark for noir conventionality, is tempered by Musuraca. Instead he employs subtle shades of grey, black, and white which entrance the viewer into a dangerous realm of duplicitousness. Multiple location shooting by director Jacques Tourner frees the film from the urban confines associated with the genre. Musuraca takes full advantage of scenes filmed in Lake Tahoe, Mexico, and San Francisco by creating shadowy landscapes where rivers, beaches, cafes, penthouses, and nightclubs provide rendevous points for the protagonist Jeff Markham ( Robert Mitchum). Mitchum's performance as the quick witted ex-private eye is memorable. Concealing a surrepitious past as a gas station owner, Markham's true identity is revealed when a hired gun passes through the small town of Bridgewater. Told partly in flashbacks, Out of the Past is a maze that explores a wide range of human emotions. Kirk Douglas as Whit Sterling is obsessive and vindictive; power and control define his life. Virginia Huston as Ann breaks away from the "small town/good girl" image when she falls for Markam , a man that she knows is wrong for her. Unrequited love befalls Jeff, the small town sheriff who is hopelessly and loyally in love with Ann, but finds none in return. Greed emerges when Rhonda Fleming portrays a conniving secretary who sets up her boss for a quick payoff.Read more ›
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RKO Radio Pictures presents "OUT OF THE PAST" (13 November 1947) (97 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling --- En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story --- Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000 --- He traces her to Acapulco, where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling --- Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed.

Classic example of 40's film noir with dialogue a particular standout.

Under the production staff of:
Jacques Tourneur [Director]
Daniel Mainwaring [Novel/Screenplay]
Frank Fenton [Screenwriter]
James M. Cain [Screenwriter]
Warren Duff [Producer]
Robert Sparks [Executive Producer]
Roy Webb [Original Film score]
Nicholas Musuraca [Cinematographer]
Samuel E. Beetley [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Jacques Tourneur [Director]
Date of Birth: 12 November 1904 - Paris, France
Date of Death: 19 December 1977 - Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

2. Robert Mitchum
Date of Birth: 6 August 1917 - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Date of Death: 1 July 1997 - Santa Barbara, California

3. Jane Greer
Date of Birth: 9 September 1924 - Washington, District of Columbia
Date of Death: 24 August 2001 - Los Angeles, California

4. Kirk Douglas [aka: Issur Danielovitch Demsky]
Date of Birth: 9 December 1916 - Amsterdam, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

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