Odd Man Out

Synopsis: Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go sour: Johnny is wounded, cannot make it back to the hideout, and disappears in the back-alleys of Belfast. Immediately, a large-scale man-hunt is launched, and the city is tightly covered by the constabulary, whose chief is intent on capturing Johnny and the other members of the gang. Kathleen sets out in search of Johnny.
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

The strongest man in the world!

Hello, Granny.

I know you're clear up to that point.

After that, make your own way

to the main street.

Turn right to bring you to the back

of Northumberland Street post office.

Then drive straight across

the parade ground to the park.

- How is it, Johnny?

- Fine. The orders haven't changed.

- The weather's good.

- Snow later but we'll be back by then.

Dennis, I was saying

we'll go the way we planned.

Queen's Bridge, Bedford Street,

Shaftesbury Square.

It's a bit longer but it brings

the car into a better position.

There's no hurry.

There's time for a cup of tea.

- Is the car all right?

- She's OK.

- Is it a nice clean one?

- With decent tyres?

- I picked a good one.

- One day, you might have your own!

- I wouldn't mind having this one.

- How much petrol?

- Three gallons.

- Half will do us.

- We might have to...

- No. We'll be back by five.

I'll have the car there at twenty to.

- I'll be on the bridge.

- I'll be at the car sales room.

- Any tea?

- Everything settled?

- Yes. They're leaving soon.

- I heard that.

- You hear everything.

- Or I can put it together.

- Pour in the milk.

- Will he be coming back, me darling?

I've watched you grow up and I know

what's in your heart for that boy.

Maybe you know

what's in his heart too.

- Did you sell me coupons?

- No time to talk about that.

I want three bob a piece

for the clothing ones.

You can have the meat ones if you

give me a few points for me sweets.

We're district managers

making a report. Friday's their day.

- What do managers talk about?

- Oh...goods on order, export market.

I'll be where we said with the pram.

Has nothing changed?

No. We'll be there, Maureen.

You're to take the money

to Hannigan. He'll distribute it.


No more worries

till your man's out of prison.

- A slice of the party cake.

- A few crumbs of it won't go amiss.

- Good luck.

- Good luck, Maureen.

We'd better be moving too.

- Hold hard for a second.

- I'll wait here for you.


Murphy. You've got to look

like businessmen.

- I wouldn't wear that.

- I've got me coat.

Go easy with those now.

Anybody that asks for it can have it.

Yes but don't...

don't encourage them to ask.

You don't want to start

getting mixed up in shootings.

- OK.

- See you later.

- Good luck, boys.

- Good luck.

Your...your heart's

not in this job, Johnny.

Is it?

- I won't be sorry when we're back.

- You don't believe in it?

I believe in everything we're doing

but violence is getting us nowhere.


You were sentenced to 17 years

for bringing in guns and ammunition,

you talk about violence?

In prison you have time to think.

If only we could throw the guns away,

make our cause in the parliaments.


Hiding in this house for six months

since your escape from prison...

it isn't the right kind of training

for a job like this.

You were in prison

for eight months before that.

It's been over a year since you were able

to get out in the streets.

You're not fit to go right out

on a job like this. Let me go.

Let him go, Johnny.

Do I look soft then?

Well, the men have noticed something.

You've changed lately.

They want me to go in your place.

- Don't they trust me?

- They trust you all right but...

Dennis, I'm the leader

of the organisation in this city.

I've spent months planning this raid

to get the funds we need,

for Maureen and the others.

I've got my orders

and I'll see them through.

When I want your advice, I'll ask for it.

All right.

I'll wait downstairs.

- You haven't drunk your tea.

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