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The Last Angry Man (1959)

Approved | | Drama | February 1960 (Austria)
An aspiring journalist's story of his aged uncle doctor leads to the uncle's life being profiled on TV.

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Daniel Mann

Writers:

Gerald Green (screenplay), Richard Murphy (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Abelman
David Wayne ... Woodrow 'Woody' Thrasher
Betsy Palmer ... Anna Thrasher
Luther Adler ... Dr. Max Vogel
Claudia McNeil ... Mrs. Quincy
Joby Baker ... Myron Malkin
Joanna Moore ... Alice Taggart
Nancy R. Pollock Nancy R. Pollock ... Sarah Abelman
Billy Dee Williams ... Josh Quincy
Robert F. Simon ... Lyman Gattling
Dan Tobin ... Ben Loomer
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Storyline

As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Paul Muni is the testy old man who faces life without compromise and David Wayne is the troubled television producer fighting to preserve his career. Written by alfiehitchie

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Here come the people raging...the passions blazing out of the decade's wrathful best-seller! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

February 1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Zorn des Gerechten See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Betsy Palmer's last film until Friday the 13th (1980) 21 years later. See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Abelman is lying in bed, he lets go of Dr. Vogel's hand in consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sam Abelman: We owe him something, Woody, as rotten as he is.
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References Queen for a Day (1956) See more »

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Modern themes contrast with bygone era characters and settings
27 August 2012 | by kittyvistaSee all my reviews

The Last Angry Man explores the themes of living with integrity and not being corrupted or co-opted by the world's materialism. Paul Muni plays a Jewish doctor living in a Brooklyn neighborhood that has, to use a euphemism, changed. He continues to treat the neighborhood's residents for minimal fees, including a very young Billy Dee Williams, who plays a gang-banger, angry at the world, who Muni believes has a brain tumor.

Muni's nephew is an aspiring journalist who is caught up in glitz and glamor. When Muni saves the life of a young black woman who has been dumped on his doorstep after an assault, his nephew senses an opportunity and writes the story in the newspaper. A television producer picks up on it and sees profiling Muni on his new television program as his ticket to fame.

Muni's character is really too complex to portray completely in this film, but the interplay between the doctor and his patients portrays him as both compassionate and moral. He relates on a spiritual level to the character Billy Dee Williams plays, sensing that both of them are rebelling in their own ways against injustice and abuses of power. Dr. Abelman's last act is to visit Williams in jail rather than proceed with his greatly anticipated television appearance, reinforcing his determination to live a life of integrity and in the words of Thoreau (an author quoted frequently throughout the film), "march to the beat of a different drummer."


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