Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Director: Robert Rossen

Cast: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, James Burke

     
 

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The riveting 1947 drama Body and Soul, arguably the greatest boxing movie of all time, centers on a former pugilist who looks back on his life in and out of the ring and realizes that self-respect is a more important prize than winning. John Garfield is Charley Davis, a former boxing champion who began fighting in order to saveSee more details below

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The riveting 1947 drama Body and Soul, arguably the greatest boxing movie of all time, centers on a former pugilist who looks back on his life in and out of the ring and realizes that self-respect is a more important prize than winning. John Garfield is Charley Davis, a former boxing champion who began fighting in order to save himself and his mother from poverty after his father was killed in a mob-related bombing. William Conrad plays Quinn, a veteran boxer turned trainer who discovers that Davis has the potential to be a professional fighter. Eager to take on all contenders, Davis eventually defeats the world champion, but winning has cost Garfield more than he bargained for: he falls in with the mob and takes to a life of easy women and plentiful booze, winning easy bouts with second-rate opponents. It takes the tragic death of his best friend -- indrectly caused by a beating from a mobster -- for Davis to realize the error of his ways and try to make amends, returning to his mother and the artist girlfriend he left behind. Out of shape and still distraught, he hires as his trainer the former champion whom he defeated earlier, to attempt a comeback. With all the odds against him, and knowing that the fight has already been fixed, Davis is forced to make the choice between what's expected of him and what he expects of himself. Although not the first Hollywood film about winning and losing in the boxing world, and saddled with the genre's familiar clichés, Garfield's engaging performance makes Body and Soul tower above nearly all other films of its kind. The fight sequences were filmed on roller skates with a hand-held camera, adding a realism that strengthens the film's standing as a masterpiece.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The boxing drama Body and Soul benefits from a riveting screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, intense editing from Francis D. Lyon and Robert Parrish, and innovative cinematography by the legendary James Wong Howe. Tying all of these elements together is director Robert Rossen, who coaxes a superb performance from John Garfield as the troubled boxer Charlie Davis. Rossen would explore similar themes of redemption in sports and gambling in 1961's The Hustler. Howe's tight shot composition would influence similar classics over the years, most notably Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull; the similarly influential work of Lyon and Parrish would garner the team an Oscar.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
UPC:
0887090045209
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
18,772

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Charlie Davis
Lilli Palmer Peg Born
James Burke Arnold
Anne Revere Anna Davis
Canada Lee Ben Chaplin
Mary Currier Miss Teddy
Joe Devlin Prince
Hazel Brooks Alice
William Conrad Quinn
Tim Ryan Shelton
Lloyd Gough Roberts
Wheaton Chambers Doctor
Virginia Gregg Irma
John Indrisano Referee
Milt Kibbee Dan
Joseph Pevney Shorty Polaski
Cyril Ring Victor
Shimen Ruskin Grocer
Art Smith David Davis
Dan Tobey Fight Announcer
Peter Virgo Drummer

Technical Credits
Robert Rossen Director
Robert Aldrich Asst. Director
Edward Boyle Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Frank Eyton Score Composer,Songwriter
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Gunther Von Fritsch Special Effects
Johnny Green Score Composer,Songwriter
Edward Hewman Songwriter
Edward Heyman Score Composer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Nathan Juran Art Director
Marion Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Gus Norin Makeup
Robert Parrish Editor
Abraham Polonsky Screenwriter
Bob Roberts Producer
Robert Sour Songwriter

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