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The Rat Race

The Rat Race (1960)

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Release Date: Jul 10, 1960 Wide

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Release Date: Jul 10, 1960 Wide

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A somewhat uneven but still entertaining comedy-drama, The Rat Race, by director Robert Mulligan, co-stars Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds as Peter Hammond, Jr. and Peggy Brown, two performers who meet in New York and are thrown together by their mutual poverty. Peter arrives on a bus from the Midwest with his sax in hand and high hopes for a career. He gets a one-room walk-up and then meets Peggy, a dancer down on her luck who needs a place to stay. Ever the gentleman, Peter offers her space in

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Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

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Debbie, tough as nails as a worn down dancer, and Tony are well matched in this tough little drama of two people thrown together by hard times. Because it's from the late studio period the squalidness of the actual city is at a minimum but this still offers a clear eyed view of some of the difficulties of making it in the Big Apple. Jack Oakie and Kay Medford offer some welcome comic relief.
November 14, 2010
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This is a nice find. A young Debbie Reynolds is something to behold as the put-upon reluctant dance hall girl, and Tony Curtis is excellent as the too-naive-to-be-true Midwestern bumpkin who comes smack up against the evil big city of New York. Curtis is very convincing as the all-forgiving eternal optimist musician, and Reynolds shines as the good girl bordering on sainthood, but the best performance here is turned in by the amazing Don Rickles as the nasty tough guy who runs the dance hall. Rickles gives what may be the dramatic performance of his career. Check out the scene where he demonstrates to Reynolds that she indeed has nothing except what he chooses to give her.
June 16, 2008
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