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I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932) 
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Click here for the review of I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)


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Nice review, but I don't think you needed to reveal the ending.


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calvero wrote:
Nice review, but I don't think you needed to reveal the ending.


Even though it's one of the highlight shots of the film? (NM that it's 8 decades old...)

Maybe it's just because I rewatched the film recently, but this kinda sounds like the alternate version of Les Miserables in which Valjean doesn't escape capture by Javert. As if that story wasn't enough of a downer...


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calvero wrote:
Nice review, but I don't think you needed to reveal the ending.


I think there's a certain point where a film enters a presence and a well known status where a certain amount of spoilage becomes more tolerable. An eighty-two year old movie has most likely entered that threshold.

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calvero wrote:
Nice review, but I don't think you needed to reveal the ending.


I revealed the ending because I had something to say about it. From my perspective, reviews of older movies don't necessarily follow the same rules and reviews of newer movies. It seems a little odd to me to put a spoiler notice on a movie that's been around for 80+ years.


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An eighty-two year old movie has most likely entered that threshold.


Well, I would bet most of the posters here haven't seen it. James hadn't until he had to write this review, I wonder if he knew the ending before watching it. It doesn't exactly have a 'Rosebud' like level of fame.

I don't see any reviews spoiling the ending here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023042/ext ... fc_ql_op_5
most just say, "one of the bleakest endings in film history, etc" which seems to enough, I think.


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I like this movie a bit more than (other) James does. I totally agree that the female characters are weak, but it's a 3.5 for me all the way. One of the few early 30s movies I've totally dug.

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As the person who requested this review, I'm glad that Mr. Berardinelli liked I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG and appreciate how insightful and engaging his review was.

I liked the movie better than he did; I would have given it 4 stars. Even now, a decade after having seen the film, its ending has stayed with me as the most haunting and powerful one I have ever seen. This was especially true because I did not know how the film concluded beforehand.

So, yes, I admit I was surprised that Mr. Berardinelli gave away the ending, although I understand that he made a valuable point about the film by doing so. But, as he acknowledged, this is an important movie that most people are unfamiliar with and who thus can still be moved and deeply affected by its stark conclusion. So I would request that Mr. Berardinelli add a spoiler warning to his original review, so that future moviegoers who come across his review can still gain the benefit of his insights without losing their ability to have the same powerful cinematic experience that I did.


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Post Re: I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932)
I think i actually watched something on the history channel about this case.


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