Pickup on South Street
Pickup on South Street (1953)

Joey, lowlife grifter, and his unsuspecting girlfriend, Candy, become involved in what appears to be a simple matter of corporate theft. But, it turns out to have grave international implications when Candy's wallet is stolen. Now, Joey… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Variety Staff

Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It isn't his best, but this 1953 feature may be the archetypal Sam Fuller film, a condensation of his themes and techniques with the steam still rising.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Both Widmark and Peters are superb, but it is Ritter, as the seedy but much-loved Moe, who gives the film its emotional punch.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Sam Fuller, who wrote it and directed, appears to have been more concerned with firing a barrage of sensations than with telling a story to be believed.

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Fernando F. Croce

Cold War anxiety merely heightens the already-combustible fabric of everyday America in Samuel Fuller's two-fisted masterpiece

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Definitely one of the best film noir movies I've seen so far.

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Time Out

Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.

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Cole Smithey

Almost perfect.

Steve Crum

Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Pickup On South Street is one of the most brilliant movies ever made. An example of the directing: When Candy (Jean Peters) starts going through her purse and… More
AJ Verser
Utterly brilliant movie, I loved Widmark's performance, I just fell in love with him by watching this movie. If you love 50s thrillers, you can't… More
Graham Jones
One of the great film noir's and my favorite early work of Sam Fuller.
Randy Tippy
Richard Widmark is a petty thief hungry for that one big score. Jean Peters is a kind-hearted but gullible beauty who is unknowingly involved in international… More
Reid Volk
A classic Sam Fuller film Noir. While it features all of the trappings of a detective story during the peak years of the Red Scare (communist spies, atomic… More
Cindy I
A good suspense film about a pickpocket (Richard Widmark) who unknowingly picks some microfiilm from a woman's (Jean Peters) purse. The cops saw him do it… More