Things are gonna get explosive.
No one plays nice in this crackling film noir, which pits a pack of desperate men against each other as they plot a bank robbery.
Adding a twist to the already-shady happenings is a racial angle, as lip-curling punk Robert Ryan clashes with Harry Belafonte’s debt-riddled gambler.
The former hates the latter merely for being Black, which brings an extra edge to their often bitter verbal exchanges.
Directed by Robert Wise, who immediately followed this up with West Side Story, this one, complete with a fiery finale, hits like a fist to the face.