A Hatful of Rain

A Hatful of Rain

DVD - 2012
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"A returning soldier who was wounded in action requires extensive painkilling medication while healing and becomes addicted to heroin. The film recounts the terrible toll this addiction takes on himself and his family."--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2012]
Call Number: DVD F HATF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : s.d., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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nickhowe85
May 30, 2016

I wanted to like this movie more, I really liked Fred Zinnemann's Day of the Jackal, and the screenwriter, Alfred Hayes, is a great novelist. This didn't stick with me long after I saw it though. It's pretty beautiful, though, a film about such sad subject matter from a a talkative, earlyish-hollywood script.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 31, 2014

Every now and then, one runs across a masterpiece or near-masterpiece that he has never heard of. Well, this is one for me and I am grateful for this masterwork from Fred Zinnemann, director of High Noon and A Man for All Seasons. If you like great drama, then this is one for you. Eva Marie Saint and Anthony Franciosa were nominated for Golden Globes and Franciosa was also nominated for an Oscar. Sadly, approximately 40% was cut out from the horizontal to fit the old 4x3 TV sets. So it’s a joke during the credits to see the announcement that this is a Cinemascope film. In some scenes, a few of the characters are half chopped off. Or there are a few scenes where the film is showing off the urban New York scenery, except 40% of the width is chopped off. And for ten seconds right after the opening credits we get to see a squeezed Lloyd Nolan before the action begins. The greatness of the film makes up for these shortcomings (no pun intended).

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