Town Without Pity (1961) - Crime, Drama

Hohum Score

24

Watchable

Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl, and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Gottfried Reinhardt
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rütting
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 4 out of 32 found boring (12.5%)

One-line Reviews (10)

Sometimes I lull myself to sleep trying to remember them all.

It's exciting, well written and very depressive.

This was all in all a great film, with riveting performances from all the cast.

Parts of Town Without Pity are really good, but there are two elements that nearly ruin the film: the ridiculous Oscar-nominated title song and subsequent repetitive theme, and the frequent, superfluous narration by Barbara Rutting.

On the bright side, the acting is good and the main point of the story - the brutal treatment of the girl on the witness stand and by the town - is not diluted by any of these problems, making this a movie well worth watching.

Gripping, powerful, shocking for its time.

There is a good deal to digest here--Dysfunction in the families, credibility of witnesses, coming of age issues...

Well, small German towns can be as full of intrigue and empty-headed hatreds as small American towns.

Unfortunately the film's braver moments are continuously undermined by dull direction and a slack script.

Though Reinhardt's style has dated badly the movie's still worth watching.