Panic in the Streets
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Filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, Panic in the Streets stars Richard Widmark as Dr. Clinton Reed, a physician from the U.S. Health Service who must race against time to stop a plague. The carrier was an illegal alien, murdered by criminals Jack Palance and Zero Mostel. When local officials note the strange condition of the corpse, they fear that the germs will spread to epidemic proportions, and thus summon Reed to wrest control of the situation. At first facing opposition from rule-bound police captain Paul Douglas, Widmark is finally able to work hand-in-glove with Douglas in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is vivid action, nice human touches and some bizarre moments. Jack Palance gives a sharp performance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Still tense today, more than 60 years after it was made"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Fine Elia Kazan drama with Richard Widmark."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"...[features] an action-packed finale that's surprisingly tense."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Tense and pulpy."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A classy thriller, much less laden with significance than most Kazan movies."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A taut thriller with a poignant message, Panic in the Streets, which won the Oscar for Motion Picture Story, is well directed by Kazan and well acted by Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Zero Mostell (just before he was blacklisted) and others."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Performances by Richard Widmark and Jack Palance and the New Orleans settings distinguish this not-quite-noir."
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
"This comparably early Elia Kazan movie indicates just how prodigious his talents behind the camera could be."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Realistic medical noir thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[The] best and most neglected of Elia Kazan's early features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a tense, offbeat, and fairly absorbing drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An underrated cracker."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Benefits immeasurably from a menacing turn by Jack Palance."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A premissa é interessante, mas é destruída pelo roteiro cheio de furos. Apesar de tudo, Jack Palance oferece um desempenho marcante em sua estréia no Cinema."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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