Sudden Fear Reviews

  • Oct 11, 2019

    Wonderful film noir movie full of twists and turns with superb acting.Say what you want about Joan Crawford but she is such a good actress:Jack her face and eyes convey so much expression you know exactly what's going on without her even speaking.Jack Palance was great too.

    Wonderful film noir movie full of twists and turns with superb acting.Say what you want about Joan Crawford but she is such a good actress:Jack her face and eyes convey so much expression you know exactly what's going on without her even speaking.Jack Palance was great too.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Sorry but it made zero sense that Joan Crawford's character told absolutely no one about Jack Palance's character once she found out. With or without proof she'd have told someone. The acting was great and the tension was great but that flaw made the 2nd half all kind of nonsense. That and the lucky ending made it meh.

    Sorry but it made zero sense that Joan Crawford's character told absolutely no one about Jack Palance's character once she found out. With or without proof she'd have told someone. The acting was great and the tension was great but that flaw made the 2nd half all kind of nonsense. That and the lucky ending made it meh.

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Feb 03, 2019

    This little Noir gem should not be missed if you're into the genre. Beautifully shot and directed and perfect casting. Only Robert Ryan might have been suited for the role played by Jack Palance. Joan Crawford was rightly nominated for best female actor. And, Gloria Grahame's sole imperfection is that she didn't get more screen time.

    This little Noir gem should not be missed if you're into the genre. Beautifully shot and directed and perfect casting. Only Robert Ryan might have been suited for the role played by Jack Palance. Joan Crawford was rightly nominated for best female actor. And, Gloria Grahame's sole imperfection is that she didn't get more screen time.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive? The answer brings on a game of cat and mouse; but who's the cat and who's the mouse? Academy Awards Nominee Actress in a Leading Role Joan Crawford . Academy Awards Nominee Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jack Palance knock Sudden Fear out of the ball park . Joan Crawford won her third and last Oscar nomination for this well executed noir thriller, Joan Crawford has us all spellbound with her magnificent performance. She throws vanity to the winds, and is not afraid to show her character as someone in the round, complete with cowardice, foolishness, and even extreme stupidity, combined with cunning, intelligence, charm and inspiration. Rarely has a woman been shown so soaked in sweat with sheer terror, and she must have stepped straight out of the shower for each of those shots ! Jack Palance gives a strong and convincing performance as a conman who marries Ms. Crawford. He is suave, urbane and sinister. Yet this movie is a Joan Crawford showcase. One of the best film noirs of all time, extremely stylish and intelligent in it's story and craft.

    Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive? The answer brings on a game of cat and mouse; but who's the cat and who's the mouse? Academy Awards Nominee Actress in a Leading Role Joan Crawford . Academy Awards Nominee Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jack Palance knock Sudden Fear out of the ball park . Joan Crawford won her third and last Oscar nomination for this well executed noir thriller, Joan Crawford has us all spellbound with her magnificent performance. She throws vanity to the winds, and is not afraid to show her character as someone in the round, complete with cowardice, foolishness, and even extreme stupidity, combined with cunning, intelligence, charm and inspiration. Rarely has a woman been shown so soaked in sweat with sheer terror, and she must have stepped straight out of the shower for each of those shots ! Jack Palance gives a strong and convincing performance as a conman who marries Ms. Crawford. He is suave, urbane and sinister. Yet this movie is a Joan Crawford showcase. One of the best film noirs of all time, extremely stylish and intelligent in it's story and craft.

  • May 03, 2018

    Surprisingly good noir about a playwright who marries an actor who's taking her for a ride. The cinematography is fascinating, the acting is on target by all actors. Plot twists at the end abound...

    Surprisingly good noir about a playwright who marries an actor who's taking her for a ride. The cinematography is fascinating, the acting is on target by all actors. Plot twists at the end abound...

  • Apr 21, 2017

    This movie is riveting from start to finish. I loved it! I thought the title was strange but boy, what a ride of suspense. Crawford is fantastic and Palance makes the perfect villain.

    This movie is riveting from start to finish. I loved it! I thought the title was strange but boy, what a ride of suspense. Crawford is fantastic and Palance makes the perfect villain.

  • Mar 12, 2017

    Bravo! Outstanding! Modern thrillers should learn from this absolutely perfect noir\thriller. The Oscar deserving performances from Joan Crawford and Jack Palance are very convincing and live, the direction is so scrupulous and flawless it makes you wonder what happened to the thrillers of today.

    Bravo! Outstanding! Modern thrillers should learn from this absolutely perfect noir\thriller. The Oscar deserving performances from Joan Crawford and Jack Palance are very convincing and live, the direction is so scrupulous and flawless it makes you wonder what happened to the thrillers of today.

  • Mar 10, 2017

    Crawford didn't look bad! Good flick. Interesting to see 1952 'tape recorder'.

    Crawford didn't look bad! Good flick. Interesting to see 1952 'tape recorder'.

  • Jan 10, 2017

    A tense thriller with stunning performances from Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Crawford in particular takes it to another level when her character learns that her husband is plotting to kill her. It's a well-made classic! (First and only viewing - 1/29/2017)

    A tense thriller with stunning performances from Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Crawford in particular takes it to another level when her character learns that her husband is plotting to kill her. It's a well-made classic! (First and only viewing - 1/29/2017)

  • Dec 14, 2016

    The end scenes were rather silly... and badly acted.

    The end scenes were rather silly... and badly acted.