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Year
1953
Runtime
80 min.
Director
Samuel Fuller
Genres
Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
8,627
Checks
3,458
Favs
320
Dislikes
28
Favs/checks
9.3% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. lachyas's avatar

    lachyas

    The 'romance' is definitely the weak point of this movie, it's the only element that doesn't really work at all. Apart from that however this is a very, very good late noir, with a fascinating premise and great use of Cold War paranoia that set it apart from many other similar movies. 10 years 3 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Pickup on South Street is a nasty little Noir in which a pickpocket lifts the wrong wallet, gets a hold of film being passed along to Commie spies, and a heap of trouble along with it, as police and Reds alike converge on him. There's honor among crooks in this, but no good guys. Even the cops are iffy. But the film is populated by interesting and distinctive characters that you get to care for them anyway. Chief among these is Thelma Ritter who's shtick is being great in movies, but I don't think I've seen her THIS great. Jean Peters is hot as hell, even if we can hardly believe any of her romantic entanglements - the time frame is too quick for any of these feelings to develop, but then again, she's really into toxic relationships. And I guess it works because there's no character more toxic than our "hero", Richard Widmark's slick but brutish thief. Lots of suspense. Cracking dialog. Shocks and surprises. Strong but unobtrusive Noir cinematography. And in a lean 80-minute package too. Recommended. 4 years 11 months ago
  3. Forzelius's avatar

    Forzelius

    Never seen a handbag tossed around as much as one was here. 5 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #44 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #79 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
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  3. This movie ranks #89 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  4. This movie ranks #89 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
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  5. This movie ranks #94 in iCheckMovies's 1950s Top 100
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  6. This movie ranks #178 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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    178
  7. This movie ranks #229 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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    229
  8. This movie ranks #253 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  9. This movie ranks #266 in The Criterion Collection
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  10. This movie ranks #356 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  11. This movie ranks #464 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  12. This movie ranks #663 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  13. This movie ranks #802 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  14. This movie ranks #886 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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