Robert Ryan cornered the post-war film noir market on playing disturbed, even psychotic, veterans. It left him somewhat typecast as a villain, which is a pity. Ryan was movie star handsome and a versatile performer when given the chance. He was also baseball great Ted Williams’ doppleganger.
Act Of Violence is a tightly paced, well-acted little film directed by Fred Zinnemann as a prelude to his career as an A-List Oscar winning director. Ryan steals the film playing-what else?-a disturbed veteran.
The only thing I don’t like about Act Of Violence is its dopey and misleading title. Oh well, nobody’s perfect…
Here’s the trailer: