Little chance for tomorrow

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German title Little chance for tomorrow
Original title Odds Against Tomorrow
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1959
length 96 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Robert Wise
script Abraham Polonsky
Nelson Gidding
production Robert Wise
music John Lewis
camera Joseph C. Brun
cut Dede Allen

Odds Against Tomorrow (Original title: Odds Against Tomorrow ) is an in black and white twisted film noir by Robert Wise in 1959. The screenplay was based on the novel by fear whipped the writer William P. McGivern .


In order to be able to finance his retirement adequately, the dishonorable discharged New York police officer Dave Burke plans a bank robbery in a nearby provincial town. Since he cannot implement his plan on his own, he tries to win over two accomplices: the racist ex-convict Earl Slater, who was in prison for manslaughter, and the young Puerto Rican jazz musician Johnny Ingram, who has gotten into heavy debts in horse racing. When Slater realizes that Ingram is black, he initially rejects it, as does Ingram, who generally does not want anything to do with the matter. When Ingram's creditors threaten Ingram's little daughter at Burke's instigation, Burke finally agrees. And even the impulsive Slater, who can no longer bear to be endured by his girlfriend Lorry, changes his mind. But due to Slater's racism, the bank robbery tragically fails.


The film opened in US cinemas on October 15, 1959. In Germany it was released in cinemas on January 29, 1960.

In terms of film history, Little Chances for Tomorrow is considered to be the last film of the classic era of film noir or the first “ neo noir ”, depending on the reading .

Author Abraham Polonsky was banned from his profession as one of the most prominent victims of the McCarthy-era communist hunt in Hollywood. He wrote the script for Little Chances for Tomorrow under the name of John O. Killens , a black novelist and friend of Harry Belafontes.


“Exciting, perfectly staged thriller that ties in with role models from Hollywood's 'Black Series'. The inclusion of the racial problem serves primarily to motivate the disagreement of the criminals in a new genre variant, but the psychological accents are well placed and condense into a social accusation. "

" Little chance for tomorrow is a very late and very successful example of the noir genre."

- Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell, Encyclopedia of Film Noir

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward (Ed.): Film Noir. An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, Third Edition. Overlook / Duckworth, New York / Woodstock / London 1992, ISBN 978-0-87951-479-2 , pp. 215-216.
  2. a b Few chances for tomorrow in the lexicon of international filmTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used .
  4. ^ Eddie Muller: Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir , St. Martin's, New York 1998, ISBN 978-0-312-18076-8 , p. 183.
  5. ^ " Odds Against Tomorrow is a very late and very accomplished example of the noir genre." Geoff Mayer and Brian McDonnell: Encyclopedia of Film Noir , Greenwood Press, Westport 2007, ISBN 978-0-313-33306-4 , p. 316 -318.