On Dangerous Ground
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First, I like the storyline. A police story like this couldn't happen today. A rogue officer who beat information out of suspects, even those who deserved a beating or worse, would be quickly pilloried in the press and most likely fired and charged with some offense. In this film, Robert Ryan's character was merely sent upstate to help in a rural murder case while the public uproar over his brutality subsided. But the film is not just about the mean streets and police brutality, it is about a man who discovers and comes to terms with his real self and in the end is redeemed by love.
Secondly, I like the film-makers technique. The city streets are ever wet and grimy, while the rural mountainous area to which Ryan is sent is unrelentingly cold and bleak. The picture painted of a cold world is one that carries on throughout the film. One of the few spots of warmth is in the house where the blind Ida Lupino lives with her deranged brother.
Next, I like the mostly on-location shoots. Though the upstate "Siberia" to which Ryan's character was sent is putatively in New York, it was actually filmed mostly on location in Colorado lending an air of rural authenticity to the film it would otherwise not have. The locale, though bleak and cold, has its own majestic natural grandeur. Anyway, it LOOKS like Colorado (or California) and not New York, so until I read more about the film, I thought that Ryan was an LA cop rather than with the NYPD.
Lastly, the acting is first-rate. Ryan's transformation is spell-binding, and Lupino's role performed with aplomb.Read more ›
Removed from the dark, mean streets of the city and the morally compromised women that his work brings him in contact with, our (anti)hero discovers another world that calls to his higher instincts, both as a cop and as a man. In true Hays Code fashion, the cynicism characteristic of the hard-boiled crime fiction that gave birth to film noir is transformed in the end by the love a decent woman.
John Houseman produced this well-made film and Nicholas Ray directed. The sun-swept exteriors of wintertime Colorado are a visually striking contrast to the stylized urban shadow world of dark streets and low-rent hotel rooms. Camera work is inventive, and the Bernard Hermann score is sweeping and pulse quickening. The DVD has an informative scene-by-scene commentary that highlights the film's cinematic achievements while exploring its relationship to the genre of film noir and its place in the careers of the filmmaker and the cast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched it for a school project but it was actually something I wouldn't mind watching outside of school. Helps that it was only 80 minutes long too.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the hard-boiled setting and grit and pace in the first part of the film. After the story transitioned to the rural area the story deteriorated markedly.Published 3 months ago by Neal F. Cowan
This is officially my favorite Robert Ryan movie. The lighting, shadows, every frame is classic and powerful - worth watching just for that! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kiddo
Terrible. I watch a lot of old movies and this one was a dud. How could there be any sympathy for harboring a child killer?!!!!!Published 12 months ago by kellie
On Dangerous Ground is currently being shown at the British Film Institute as part of their ‘Psycho Season’ that is – as part of a selected plethora of film that delve into the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gail Spencer (London)