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Odds Against Tomorrow

Robert Wise / US, 1959 / 100 min.

Thrillers about the run-up to a bank robbery are a dime a dozen, but Odds Against Tomorrow is also about racism. Not tucked away in a subplot, but as an integral part of the script. This groundbreaking film noir was produced by HarBel, leading man Harry Belafonte’s production company.

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This film noir will undoubtedly come as a surprise to people who only know director Robert Wise for his exuberant musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music. Three New Yorkers plan a bank robbery in a backwoods town. From the start, two of them, a racist misfit (Robert Ryan) and an Afro-American musician with gambling debts (Harry Belafonte) are at each other’s throats. An ominous sign.

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