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Pickup on South Street(1953)

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  • Pickup on South Street

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 8/11/12

    A great, gritty anticommunist film noir. Widmark, Peters & Kiley excel in their roles; given a list of her nominated performances, this is the film Ritter had the strongest chances for winning an Academy Award. Director Fuller paints a vivid picture of New York lowlife by using fresh concepts for every scene. An always engaging & enthralling film noir. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Best acting I've seen in a noir film

    • evelio
    • 1/23/12

    I couldn't get over the fact that this film was made in 1953. It's so up to date -so today, as to its theme, acting and direction. Jean Peters, despite the glamorous ultra beauty that she portayed in other films, delivers an outstanding performance. She's so believable as the down to earth B girl with a shady past. I think Peters actually carries the film. She's the key to the action that succeeds after pickpocket Widmark steals some microfilm from her purse in that excellently filmed subway scene. Kudos to Sam Fuller on this one. Richard Widmark, Richard Killey and the superb Thelma Ritter are also top knotch in this crime-action-suspense noir. It's probably the best noir flick I've seen. Most scenes are a gem, but my favorite is the one where Miss Peters gets roughed up and is shot by Richard Killey. They did this scene top to bottom without doubles and without a single cut. Wow! That's what I call great acting; specially if you're the one getting beat up -in this case Miss Peters. I heard Fuller was so impressed with the job she did in PICKUP that he wanted to use her in other films. It's a shame Jean made so few movies and her career was cut short by the egomaniac and phobic Howard Hughes. She could have become one of Hollywood's superstars if she hadn't married that self-centered billionaire and remained in films on a freelance basis.

  • thelma ritter's a gem...

    • el debbo
    • 5/23/11

    in every movie I've seen with her as a character actor. What character! Never knew anything about Widmark until this movie...he was good. As was Jean Peters; loved the Travillo clothes, too. This film had some great shots of NYC and I couldn't help but marvel at the emptiness. There are street shots taken from high up--- just a few pedestrians and autos hither and yon. Could be a soylent green thing happening, folks.

  • Widmark elevates noir thriller

    • Jack Jacoby
    • 10/21/10

    Richard Widmark shines in one of his very best performancesas pickpocket, Skip McCoy, in this first rate noir thriller.One of the best releases of the decade, Widmark stars oppositebeautiful, sultry Jean Peters, and the chemistry is palpable.Great support from Richard Kiley and the irrepressable and wonderful Thelma Ritter. Don't miss this one!

  • Benefits from great acting

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 2/13/10

    I know some of the other film noir actors (Humphrey Bogart, Robert Ryan, Robert Mithcum) get all the glory, but I think Richard Widmark is truly at the head of the class. His work in 'Kiss of Death' and especially in 'Road House' is unmatched. Here, he delivers another top-notch performance, and this time he is ably assisted by the scorching Jean Peters (wow!) and Thelma Ritter (superb). Sam Fuller's script and direction keep the story moving at a brisk pace, but it's the way these characters' lives intersect that make the movie so interesting and the performances of the three lead stars that make a person want to watch this classic again and again. Highly recommended.

  • Pickup

    • Mike
    • 2/11/10

    Definitive Jean Peters.

  • UNKNOWN GEM

    • Margaret Gesell
    • 7/9/08

    Subversive and sexy, 'Pickup on South Street' is well-written with juicy roles for Richard Widmark and Thelma Ritter. Even today, the hero's refusal to be a hero is a delight. For audiences in 1953, it must have been a revelation to see cold war pieties mocked. As they say in the business, run, do not walk, to see this movie.

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