The Sniper (1952)

The Sniper




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

The "regeneration" of blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk was expedited when he was hired by producer Stanley Kramer to helm the location-filmed melodrama The Sniper. In the interests of political expediency, Dmytrk was required to direct Adolphe Menjou, one of the most virulent Red-baiters of the HUAC hearings. Shorn of his trademarked mustache, and with his famous expensive wardrobe replaced by a humdrum business suit, Menjou turns in one of his best performances as a world-weary San Francisco … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Brown, Edward Anhalt, Edna Anhalt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 3, 2009
Columbia Pictures



as Police Lt. Frank Kaf...

as Eddie Miller

as Police Sgt. Joe Ferr...

as Dr. James G. Kent

as Jean Darr

as Inspector Anderson

as Landlady

as May Nelson

as Police Interlocutor

as Chadwick

as Chief of Police

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Concessionaire

as Rookie Policeman

as Detective

as Pete Eureka

as TV Announcer

as Mr. Fitzpatrick

as Millie

as Stonecroft

as Woman

as Allen Martin

as Tony Debiaci

as Allen Martin

as Suspect

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Detective

as Anna Potch

as Police Photographer

as Concessionaire

as Concessionaire

as Concessionaire

as Mrs. Fitzpatrick

as Attendant

as Motorcycle Policeman

as Outfielder

as Bartender

as Man Who Falls from S...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Sniper

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Sniper

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Good use of the streets of San Francisco, and you can see the film's influence on Peter Bogdanovich's rather artsier 1967 offering Targets.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

... straddles the studio model of storytelling and the immediacy of low-budget location shooting...

Full Review… | December 5, 2009

It's absolutely terrified that its messages will pass by unnoticed.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Trazendo uma importante mensagem acerca da responsabilidade do Estado ao lidar com criminosos mentalmente instáveis, o filme conta com uma direção impecável de Dmytryk e uma atuação amargurada e intensa de Franz.

June 12, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Sniper

a really good suspenseful film if a little preachy. pretty violent for 1952. adolphe menjou gives a fine performance

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Really really weak. The Sniper is completely unengaging but makes no futile effort to make its protagonist likable even in the slightest. Edward Dmytryk does some interesting camera work that almost begins to venture into film noir territory but eventually wimps out. Then the filmmakers have the gall to start pointing fingers by making the audience think after they've bored them.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


a 'noir' movie (I disagee) from the second cycle of noirs it has a flat almost doc like quality to it & features almost as another character) the city of san fran like many other noir movies-think 'dark passage', 'the house of telegraph hill" "basic instinct' even 'vertigo'.

The Sniper Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Sniper on our Movie forum!