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Joan Crawford turns in one of the most emotionally charged performances of her career as a playwright who must use her plotting skills to save her own life, in this beautifully crafted film noir thriller. Nominated for four Academy Awards, "Sudden Fear" is an unbeatable combination of lush melodrama and drop-dead suspense.
This is one of those noir gems about a love-hate relationship between a husband and wife that's doomed from the very beginning. Jack Palance plays an ambitious actor rebuffed by playwright and heiress Joan Crawford. He later romances and marries her before falling under the dark spell of ex-girlfriend Gloria Grahame. When Palance and Grahame plot to get her fortune, the evil scheme backfires with ironically twisted results. Palance has no idea how much his wife truly loves him, and she has no idea how sinister he truly is. It's a fascinating if contrived film, with wonderful nuances and sensitive performances by the three leads. --Bill Desowitz
I like Joan Crawford so she is a little harder to disappoint. Her acting is well done and the style of movies she did is what draws me to her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tammy
This "film noir" movie is more funny than dark. I laugh a lot throughout it, even though there are a few tense moments. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Edie Gourmet
This is another performance that shows Miss Crawford was truly a STAR! Playing Myra Hudson, a San Francisco socialite and playwright, Crawford gets to show a whole range of... Read morePublished on June 16 2003
For anyone who has enjoyed a good print of "Sudden Fear," this DVD is likely to be a disappointment . Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by R. Maslow
Joan Crawford chews the scenery, Jack Palance looks ugly and menacing, and Gloria Grahame slinks around in this fabulous film noir. Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by Jennifer M.
Probably the best of Crawford's 50's vehicles, "Fear" is a very good noir thriller on it's own terms. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by Mark Norvell