Shock Corridor (1963)

Shock Corridor


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The late Sam Fuller's feral nightmare about a gung-ho reporter seeking his Pulitizer story inside a mental institution. Sordid, subversive and slyly sobering.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Samuel Fuller
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On DVD: Aug 25, 1998
Criterion Collection


as Johnny Barrett

as Boden

as Stuart

as Trent

as Trent

as Pagliacci

as Dr. Fong

as Dr. Cristo

as Police Lieutenant

as Dr. Menkin

as Singing Nymphomaniac

as Dance Teacher

as Dr. Cristo

as Tough Attendant

as Peter Breck
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Critic Reviews for Shock Corridor

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

This 1963 film is harsh, grotesque, and violent-and, incidentally, brilliant in a very original way.

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Chicago Reader
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Time Out
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New York Times
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San Francisco Chronicle
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And of course there are the nymphos!

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Shock Corridor

While the movie is watchable enough for its content, Peter Breck's acting was ridiculously overdone. Besides, the fillers were yawn-inducing. Appealing as its title is, the movie itself isn't. Watching once shouldn't hurt, though. In fact, like many others, you may even come to cherish it.

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Super Reviewer

A gloryhound newspaperman goes undercover at a mental hospital ... and the rest is movie history in Samuel Fuller's 1963 epic of over-the-top, must see, apocalyptic, societal condemning, ravings of a madman. See a stripper portrayed as the most moral person in society, that alone reason to watch, even as Fuller exploits her every chance he gets ...

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Unique, existential psychological thriller that combines all things that polarize society into one scenary, time taboos to provoke and confront, seduce and repel. Fuller's aesthetics are vivid, surreal, a perfect hook to get into a bizarre game of identities.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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