Panic In The Streets
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* Special Features * Commentary by Authors and Historians James Ursini and Alain Silver * Theatrical Trailer.
An amazingly effective film noir action movie, shot on location in New Orleans in 1950, that has twists of plot and explosions of violence that can still make audiences gasp. Elia Kazan, of all people, directed this story of a public health worker (Richard Widmark) and a police detective (Paul Douglas) who have only a few hours in which to capture some fleeing felons who may be infected with the plague. The bad guys are played, with enormous relish, by Jack Palance and Zero Mostel, the latter only a few years before Kazan ratted him out to the House Un-American Activities Committee. In retrospect, this modest crime picture looks like a crucial turning point in the formation of Kazan's distinctive style, a clear precursor to the blistering location work of landmark films like On the Waterfront, Baby Doll, and America, America. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is a black and white film, and probably should remain this way to best dramatitize this film. This movie is a prime example of how excellent casting can make or break the effectiveness of a movie.
Even if the story line is not of great interest to you, the acting quality and the filming is a quite a treat.
A polieceman and a doctor (Paul Douglas and Richard Widmark) have their work cut out as they search high and low through the streets of New Orleans to contain the disease and catch Palance before everything gets out of hand.
Acting,music and directing are all fives.
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This is a superb documentary-like film noir with a great director, cinematographer and cast. Fox, you licensed Criterion to create an outstanding DVD of Sam Fuller's "Pickup... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Terry Knapp
Plague is loose in New Orleans, from a sailor who smuggled gems. Jack Palance and Zero Mostel, goons who got the disease (and the gems), are unaware of their infection and think... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by Max W. Hauser
When a man is found dead from a bullet wound in the steets of New Orleans, an autopsy reveals that he had bubonic plague. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2002