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590 Ratings

Odd Man Out

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1947
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go sour Johnny is wounded.

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Odd Man Out Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1948 | Nominee: Best Film Editing

National Board of Review

1947 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1948 | Winner: Best British Film

It’s true that there are few films—with or without allegorical baggage—to treat their protagonists (in this case, James Mason, though often subsumed by the rest of Reed’s superb ensemble) with so casual a fatalism. This odd and portentous hybrid will never go down as easy as the Greenes, but that’s all the more reason to pay attention and give it, and Reed, their due.
August 25, 2017
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Enduring his Calvary with polished anguish, Mason is the still center of the Dickensian whirlpool until a Corinthians verse triggers one final spasm of revelation, filmed from a low angle to catch the saliva dangling from his bottom lip. Wajda’s war trilogy absorbs it whole, the concluding Via Dolorosa is from Pépé le Moko and goes into On the Waterfront.
July 27, 2015
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Though he is a murderer, Mason’s beatific, radiant performance gives his character a saintly aura, as if taking on the sins of the post-war world. Though it has overshadowed the lower-budgeted Brit-noirs of this period (which are in need of reclamation), Odd Man Out is more than worthy of its reputation.
April 21, 2015
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