Plot & Details
An unusually disturbing noir from a director better known for more mainstream fare like High Noon and From Here to Eternity, Act of Violence focuses on a WWII veteran haunted by his past. A film that was close to the director's heart, he said that it represented "the first time that I felt confident that I knew what I was doing and why I was doing it." Van Heflin stars as Frank Enley, a contractor living a peaceful life in a small California town, when Joe Parkson, a man who served in the army with him, arrives in the area, intent on killing him. He follows Frank to a lake where he's fishing but is unable to kill him. When a lakeside bartender tells Frank that a man with a limp is looking for him, Frank is frightened, realizing why he has come. He tells his wife, Edith (Janet Leigh), that Joe is a man who spent time with in a Nazi POW camp, who is now mentally ill, and that he intends to avoid him. When Frank goes to Los Angeles for a business convention, Joe arrives at his house and tells his wife that her husband is responsible for his injury and for the deaths of a number of men. Fearing for her husband's life, Edith heads for L.A. with Joe not far behind.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 82min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/19/2004
- Distributor(s): MGM
- Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
- Starring: Van Heflin , Robert Ryan , Janet Leigh , Phyllis Thaxter , Mary Astor
- Themes: Home From the War,Dangerous Friends,Haunted By the Past
- Tone: Gloomy,Bleak,Ominous,Atmospheric,Tense
- Keywords: POW/MIA, chase, guilt, hitman, husband-and-wife, prostitute/prostitution, survivor, veteran [military]
- Language: English