James Mason plays a hitman in this tense, atmospheric thriller from the director of The Third Man. Johnny (James Mason) is the idealistic leader of an illegal organization who is on the run after escaping from prison. An attempt to hold up a linen mill goes wrong and Johnny is badly wounded. After falling from the getaway car, Johnny is forced to hide in the city and finds himself in bad company. As the police hunt him down, Johnny searches for Kathleen, the woman who loves him. Carol Reed brought the intense and claustrophobic story to the screen with characteristic economy and visual style.
One of the classics
- Odd Man Out review by Colin Taylor
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Pure and simple: one of the classics of British cinema.Directed by Carol Reed, the director of 'The Third Man',its a film not to be missed. James Mason, in his best and his own favourite role, plays an IRA man on the run through the dark wet streets of Belfast. Wonderfully evocative,it features Robert Newton(who played Long john Silver in the original Disney film)in a magnificently OTT role as a painter, amongst a superb and varied (mostly Irish) cast. Worth it alone for the fantastic brawl in the pub,its a real gem that can be enjoyed again and again.