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Body and Soul

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Rossen
Produced by Bob Roberts
Written by Abraham Polonsky
Starring John Garfield
Lilli Palmer
Hazel Brooks
Anne Revere
William Conrad
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Editing by Francis Lyon
Robert Parrish
Studio The Enterprise Studios
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) August 22, 1947
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Body and Soul is a 1947 film noir which tells the story of a boxer who becomes involved with crooked promoters. It stars John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere and William Conrad.

The movie, written by Abraham Polonsky and directed by Robert Rossen, is considered the first great boxing picture; it's also a cautionary tale about the lure of money—and how it can derail even a strong common man in his pursuit of success.



Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who tempt the man with a number of vices. Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices.


The film received positive reviews when first released. Some modern film reviews find the film's message heavy handed today but most reviewers continue to praise Garfield's performance. [1]

TV Guide's review notes "The fight sequences, in particular, brought a kind of realism to the genre that had never before existed (James Wong Howe wore skates and rolled around the ring shooting the fight scenes with a hand-held camera). A knockout on all levels." [2]

It's known for its fight scenes which influenced the Scorsese classic Raging Bull.


Actor Role
John Garfield Charlie Davis
Lilli Palmer Peg Born
Hazel Brooks Alice
Anne Revere Anna Davis
William Conrad Quinn
Joseph Pevney Shorty Polaski
Lloyd Gough Roberts
Canada Lee Ben Chaplin
Art Smith David Davis


It won the Academy Award for Film Editing and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (John Garfield) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

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