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Panic in the Streets Reviews

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Super Reviewer

February 13, 2012
Not panic enough to entertain.

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
With such a great cast this could have been an great classic, but the movie has it's boring slow scenes, other than that I liked it. The story is exciting and the actors do their best.

Super Reviewer

May 13, 2008
a medical thriller where widmark gets to play the hero for a change. he's a public health doctor racing the clock to prevent an outbreak of plague in new orleans. jack palance is a very effective villain in his film debut. good suspense

Super Reviewer

January 21, 2009
When a dead man is fished out of the harbor with two bullet holes and a case of pneumonic plague the police pull out all the stops to find the killer before he spreads the disease. High stakes drama with an outstanding cast.
Ken S

Super Reviewer

May 5, 2007
Elia Kazan crafts another film on the edges of Noir that acts as a thematic cousin to On the Waterfront.

In this cross between Outbreak and A buddy cop film, the continuously fantastic Richard Wydmark desperately tries to find the man who shot an immigrant infected with mnemonic plague.

Jack Palance has the most textured face of any person on the planet. Good lord.
Adam M

Super Reviewer

February 16, 2008
germophobes will find lots of horrifying holes in the plot, but it's a noir by Kazan & fun; camera moves fast but not too slick; Douglas & Palance are its surprise greatness
Michael G

Super Reviewer

October 23, 2006
Jack Palance is insane in this movie. A lot of fun.
Mike T

Super Reviewer

January 20, 2008
A tense, inventive thriller that brings new ideas to the film noir genre. The picture benefits from Kazan's trademark realism, shot on location in a documentary-esque style. The director's unique style of guiding actors is beneficial too; every player is convincing and highly effective. It's a tough, expertly crafted movie that leaves the audience satisfied.

Super Reviewer

March 17, 2010
Government health official Widmark has 48 hours to motivate a sluggish New Orleans police squad whilst in pursuit of a couple thugs once a plague-stricken foreigner is discovered shot dead at the pier. Elia Kazan stages his scenes wonderfully and gives a glimpse of the hard lives spent on the docks four years before 'On The Waterfront.' Widmark is very curt and demanding with everyone he deals with, however this negative character trait is neatly explored in a conversation with his wife during a short break in the manhunt. Jack Palance looms menacingly in another meaty bad guy role.
May 17, 2008
Classic noir that involves Richard Widmark, an Army doctor(?) who is trying to find a criminal (a young Jack Palance) who carries a strain of the bubonic plague. The title of the movie summarizes the turn of events.
March 22, 2014
This is a pretty good movie with the best part being jack palance with his intimidating hight and a face that was made for a villain. This movie reminds me of a few more recent epidemic movies (contagion, outbreak, zombie movies) they have have that element where one doctor believes the outbreak is coming and everyone around him doesn't. That and many other devices probably originated in this film. Still i wasn't that sucked into the story and the final chase scene has a particularly anti climactic ending.
August 24, 2012
My problem with the film, while although the pace was fairly good, I wan't super connected to Richard Widmark's character. I think Kazan's strengths are his strong attention to the developing character and I didn't see enough of an arc with any of the major characters. I was very surprised with the lack of focus, but I can see the building confidence that ultimately came with On the Waterfront four years later.
September 16, 2011
A terrifying epidemic movie that will leave you wondering whether an epidemic could really be just as deadly...
September 10, 2011
Bunitinho... final rola uma tensão legal. :-)
November 19, 2010
The four stars of this movie are not in front of the camera. The top billing goes to Elia Kazan, the next on my list is Edna and Edward Anhalt, who both shared an Academy Award for the story, and finally to Joseph McDonald for his excellent camera work. A good story, a good director and a great cinematographer. Now who could ruin a project with such a foundation? Well, the actors with top billing in front of the camera, namely Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas. Talk about your overacting ... jeeze! I did like Jack Palance and Zero Mostel. If you know of Mostel's work, you will know that his role in "Panic In The Streets" came early in his film career. He really got a work out and as far as I could tell there was no double.

Kazan and McDonald apparently used a lot of local New Orleaners for all the street scenes. In a previously revue I noted how distracting it is, as a viewer, to see crowds watching a scene being shot. You won't see that sort of laziness in this film.

Anyway, if you like film noir once in a while, this film is worth watching.
April 6, 2010
This film is pertinent even today. As a thriller, the tension is intense. Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas are more than serviceable in their roles. The domestic scenes between Widmark and his wife provide a nice interlude to the main plot. The actor in this film who most left his mark is Jack Palance. His sharply defined features and seemingly easygoing exterior wither way to reveal the avaricious and cruel man beneath the surface. The chase scene through the packing plant is impressive even today. Panic in the Streets is a must see.
November 10, 2005
7.5/10. Excellent plot idea, very nicely developed. Jack Palance is excellent in an early role. Very suspenseful. Interesting cast. Barbara Bel Geddes, Zero Mostel, Palance, Richard Widmark - an odd assortment. Nice photography and excellently written. Solid Elia Kazan direction.
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