They Live by Night [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1948]

  • SKU: 32777367
  • Release Date: 06/13/2017
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary from 2007 featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1956 interview with producer John Houseman
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • PLUS: a new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz
  • Short Piece from 2007 with critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini


They Live by Night
"This boy...and this girl...were never properly introduced to the world we live in." With this superimposed opening title, director Nicholas Ray inaugurates his first feature, They Live by Night. Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell play a "Bonnie and Clyde"-type fugitive couple, who in trying to escape their past are hell-bent down the road to Doom. Despite their criminal activities, Bowie (Granger) and Keechie (O'Donnell) are hopelessly naïve, fabricating their own idyllic dream world as the authorities close in. The entrapment -- both actual and symbolic -- of the young misfit couple can now be seen as a precursor to the dilemma facing James Dean in Ray's 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. A box-office disappointment upon its first release, They Live by Night has since gained stature as one of the most sensitive and least-predictable entries in the film noir genre. The film was based on a novel by Edward Anderson, and in 1974 was filmed by Robert Altman under its original title, Thieves Like Us. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cathy O'Donnell
    Cathy O'Donnell - Keechie
  • Farley Granger
    Farley Granger - Bowie
  • Howard Da Silva
    Howard Da Silva - Chickamaw
  • Jay C. Flippen
    Jay C. Flippen - T-Dub
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    Helen Craig - Mattie

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Film Noir. First time out by Nicholas Ray.

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    Kids on the run. Badlands + Bonnie and Clyde in 1948.

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