Patterns

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Movie Info

Businessman Fred Staples (Van Heflin) is plunged into the rough-and-tumble of office politics at his new job when he discovers that he is meant to replace the decent but ailing vice president, Bill Briggs (Ed Begley). A battle of wills ensues between Fred and the ruthless company president, Mr. Ramsey (Everett Sloane), who is intent on humiliating Bill into resigning. Despite the urgings of his pragmatic wife, Nancy, Fred resists losing his soul to the cold calculations of naked ambition.

Cast & Crew

Van Heflin
Fred Staples
Everett Sloane
Walter Ramsey
Ed Begley
William Briggs
Elizabeth Wilson
Marge Fleming
Joanna Roos
Miss Margaret Lanier
Elene Kiamos
Sylvia Trammel
Ronnie Welsh
Paul Briggs
Rod Serling
Screenwriter
Boris Kaufman
Cinematographer
Carl Lerner
Film Editor
Dave Kummins
Film Editor
Duane McKinney
Production Design
Richard Sylbert
Art Director
Mary Merrill
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Patterns

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Audience Reviews for Patterns

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Rod Serling's story and screenplay deserve the highest accolades. It's a timeless examination of cut-throat boardroom practices. While the characters are archetypical their words have echoed in my mind since I first screened the picture years ago. Director Fielder Cook has lots to work with: great performances: Sterling's script: perfectly executed cinematography, Boris Kaufman; art direction, Richard Sylbert; and, production design, Duane McKinney.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Rod Serling's script about grim realities of the business world plays like a nature documentary, brutal yet beautiful, and is only enhanced by a collection of actors more than happy to be eating real meat. This is must see entertainment of the highest caliber.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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