Directed by four-time Oscar®-winner Robert Wise (I Want to Live!, West Side Story), Odds Against Tomorrow is high-suspense story of a daring heist gone awry. With its exceptional jazz score, acerbic social commentary and atmospheric visual style, it is a high point in the film noir canon and one of the most important films of its era to address racism.
On 24 October 2016 it will be released on DVD/Blu-ray in a Dual Format Edition as part of BLACK STAR, the BFI's season of film and television screenings, special events and DVD/Blu-ray/VoD releases, all dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.
Embittered ex-cop Dave Burke (Ed Begley) enlists ruthless killer Earle Slater (Robert Ryan, The Dirty Dozen) and gambling musician Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte) to rob an upstate New York bank. Trouble unfolds however when, fuelled by racist hatred, Earle clashes with Johnny and the planned heist spirals into chaos, leading to a violent climactic confrontation.