Pickup on South Street (1953)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Joey, lowlife grifter, and his unsuspecting girlfriend, Candy, become involved in what appears to be a simple matter of corporate theft. But, it turns out to have grave international implications when Candy's wallet is stolen. Now, Joey and Candy are the key to saving the world from Communism.
Jun 17, 1953 Wide
Nov 8, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox
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Willis B. Bouchey
George E. Stone
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Sam Fuller, who wrote it and directed, appears to have been more concerned with firing a barrage of sensations than with telling a story to be believed.
Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.
It isn't his best, but this 1953 feature may be the archetypal Sam Fuller film, a condensation of his themes and techniques with the steam still rising.
Both Widmark and Peters are superb, but it is Ritter, as the seedy but much-loved Moe, who gives the film its emotional punch.
Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction.
Engagingly captures the hysteria over Reds and the underworld scene of the early 1950s.
One of Fuller's most compelling films.
The 1953 picture does a nice job capturing the mentality of the Cold War United States.
Fuller [took] genuine chances, [creating] moments of power unequaled by many more respectable directors.
One of Fuller's few studio-financed pictures, this bruising, brutal movie still manages to emanate waves of B-movie street cred at every juncture.
It's probably been a while since you watched a film as tough as Pickup On South Street.
Fuller's most accessible film, crackling and frenetic.
Opens with a scene that is downright dazzling, even by today's standards.
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