Preparing for a bank robbery, former police officer Dave Burke (Ed Begley) hires two very different debt-burdened men to assist him in the raid: Earle Slater (Robert Ryan), a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte), a black gambler and jazz musician. Both are reluctant, but decide to accept when Burke arranges for Ingram’s creditors to put pressure on him while Slater feels humiliated by his failure to provide for his girlfriend. However, racial tensions and suspicions between the men start to rapidly mount, threatening the partnership.
“This is a one time job! One role of the dice and we’re through forever! What aya say?!” In our continuing series Under the Influence we explore the cinematic origins and sources of inspiration that impacted the work of filmmakers we showcase in our theater. With our Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective we therefore screen the late period heist noir Odds Against Tomorrow from 1959. A film that Melville owned on 35mm and he confessed watching over 80 times. The film holds many tropes, techniques en visual fingerprints the French author would utilize in his own work and is in its own right a great character piece portraying racial tensions within a bankrobbers duo starring Harry Belafonte and the fantastically gruff Robert Ryan. A true gem of the genre and a must-see for Melville aficionados.
Cast: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame
Drama, Misdaad, ThrillerLand: VS
Speelduur: 96 minuten