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Drama | Film-Noir
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
104 min
IMDB Rating:
7.6 / 10 
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Directors: Robert Rossen [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices.


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Boxing clever

I'm a fan of John Garfield so put him in a combination film noir / fight game movie, two of my favourite genres and it's hard to see how a feature like this could fail with me. Fact is, it's a great movie anyway, possibly the best ever depicting boxing and has such a lot going for it.

Firstly there's the superb black and white photography by James Wong Howe, then the direction by Robert Rossen, where he proves himself as adept at filming the melodramatic scenes revolving around Garfield's Charley Smith character's rocky road to fame and fortune as the realistic scraps in the ring that got him there plus of course Garfield himself in great form as the ambitious young fighter willing to pay any price to get to the top.

There are some noticeable supporting roles too, like Lloyd Gough as the unscrupulous promoter with whom Charley strikes his Mephistophelean deal, Lilli Palmer as his bright-eyed artist fiancée who tries to keep her man on the right track and especially Canada Lee as the seen-it-all black boxing champion Ben Chaplin who knows full well the pitfalls that Charley will face as he heads up the ranks.

But it's Garfield's live-wire performance which sparks the film and keeps it alight, the viewer rooting for him even when he makes the wrong call, as he frequently does.

Really this is a two-fisted knockout of a film, which I would urge anyone to see no matter their thoughts on the subject of whether boxing is an acceptable sport in a civilised society.

"Body And Soul" Packs A Real Wallop!

After seeing so many other boxing films, including Raging Bull and Rocky, it's the adrenaline-charged Body And Soul with all of its grit, glory and gut-felt energy that wins, hands-down.

This film is literally near-perfect. It's the quintessential boxing film, guaranteed to more than just please any fan of the genre.

Body And Soul stars dynamite-actor John Garfield who literally busts his guts in his role as Charley Davis, the fighter who'll do almost anything to get to the top - And so he does with tragic results.

It really amazes me that John Garfield (one of the best actors of the 1940s) didn't win a much-deserved Oscar for his superb portrayal of Charley Davis. Although he did receive a nomination that year in the "Best Actor" category.

Body And Soul is an allegorical work that covers everything from the importance of personal honor to corruption in politics. With the seductive lure of money (and how it can derail even a strong, common man in his pursuit of success) Charley Davis must learn the hard way that self-respect is a much more important prize to possess rather than that of winning in the ring.

Released in 1947 - Body And Soul is, without a doubt, an absolutely gripping Drama, overflowing, from start to finish, with stark, heart-felt realism. The performances in this film (especially that of John Garfield and Lilli Palmer) are nothing short of riveting and the sensational fight scenes are a real sight to behold.

When it comes to a film like Body And Soul - They sure don't make them like this one anymore.

Gritty Boxing Drama

A boxer fights his way to the top while dealing with corruption. Garfield has perhaps the best role of his career, as he marvelously conveys the toughness, confidence, and compassion of his character. Palmer is equally good as his girlfriend, a practical woman who stands by her man. Revere made a career out of playing understanding mothers, and here she is Garfield's mother. In a sad coincidence, Lee, who plays a rival boxer, had an untimely death of a heart attack in May 1952, two weeks before Garfield died young of a heart attack. Rossen does a good job of creating a gritty, film noir atmosphere in what is generally regarded as one of the best boxing films.
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