Pickup on South Street
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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 and Candy are the key to saving the world from Communism.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Definitely one of the best film noir movies I've seen so far."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Engagingly captures the hysteria over Reds and the underworld scene of the early 1950s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The 1953 picture does a nice job capturing the mentality of the Cold War United States."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Almost perfect."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Great noir piece with Richard Widmark complementing Samuel Fuller's direction."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Along with Shock Corridor (1963), arguably [Fuller's] finest work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fuller [took] genuine chances, [creating] moments of power unequaled by many more respectable directors."
‑ Phil Freeman, culturevulture.net
"Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece."
‑ , Time Out
"Both Widmark and Peters are superb, but it is Ritter, as the seedy but much-loved Moe, who gives the film its emotional punch."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"80 minutes of breathless genre fun infused with pure, uninhibited passion."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"One of Fuller's most compelling films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of Fuller's few studio-financed pictures, this bruising, brutal movie still manages to emanate waves of B-movie street cred at every juncture."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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