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)

It's exciting, well written and very depressive.

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

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

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...

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.

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

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

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

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.