Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Working with his fiancee's father, a newspaper publisher, a novelist frames himself for murder, intending to produce exonerating evidence at the last moment. But the publisher suddenly dies, the evidence is lost...
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: May 13, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

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Total Count: 17


User Ratings: 721
While the purpose may be exemplary, the method the gentlemen employ is highly dubious as a practical exposition. And once it is revealed to prove their point, it should certainly put them in a pickle for conspiring to subvert justice and fool the courts. Full Review
New York Times
Feb 3, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- What this tense thriller lacks in action is more than made for by unpredictable twists in the plot, as well as an eerie atmosphere created by the gothic looking buildings and black and white film. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Oct 16, 2014
Rating: 2.5/5 -- There's little denying that this one of Lang's lesser films, perhaps not helped by the impoverished budget. Full Review
Future Movies UK
Oct 16, 2014
It is a film of great economy and precision (it lasts only 80 minutes), with the terrifying inevitability of Greek tragedy and a pervading sense that man is his own worst enemy. Full Review
Oct 16, 2014
Douglas Morrow's screenplay for BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT is indeed on the tricksy side, with carpets being pulled from beneath carpets before the final sleight in the very last seconds of the film.
Sight and Sound
Aug 1, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- Fritz Lang's last American movie is an edgy study in moral ambiguity. Full Review
Total Film
Oct 16, 2014
Once he's raised the standard social issues, Lang destroys them all with a shatteringly nihilistic conclusion. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 3, 2007

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After director Fritz Lang vaulted to prominence with such masterpieces of German cinema as Metropolis and M, he brought his art to Hollywood films, including Fury, Ministry of Fear, The Woman in the Window and more trenchant tales of innocents caught in a web of seeming guilt. His last U.S. movie is this intriguing film noir about a novelist (Dana Andrews) out to expose the injustices of capital punishment. Working with his fianc?e's (Joan Fontaine) father, a newspaper publisher (Sidney Blackmer), he frames himself for murder, intending to produce exonerating evidence at the last moment. But the publisher suddenly dies, the evidence is lost...and that's only the first twist in a brilliantly layered plot ideally suited to Lang's talents.

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Crusading publisher Austin Spenser (Sidney Blackmer) wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett (Dana Andrews) into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of conviction-happy DA (Philip Bourneuf). Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this subterfuge. Unfortunately, an unforeseen event renders their perfectly formed scheme useless. BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT was the last American film of director Fritz Lang.


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a must have movie from a master director Movie Lover: from SARCELLES, VAL-D'OISE FR -- April, 4, 2013

from a simple thriller Fritz lang makes up a real philosophical tale about what is real and fake.
But in the end manhood is always guillty
the casting is, as usual, very good.
This is a short movie which tells you more than any other so called "suspense" film

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