The Phenix City Story
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The Phenix City Story
Based on actual events, The Phenix City Story tells the tale of a wide-open "Sin City" in Alabama (across a bridge from Columbus, GA, and just a stone's throw from the Ft. Benning Army base) where gambling, prostitution, and any number of other vices were tolerated openly by the law, most of it centered on the main downtown drag, 14th Street, thanks to the 50-year influence of organized crime on the local government. Reform groups, mostly in the form of vigilantes, had tried to clean up "the wickedest city in the United States" before, even taking the law into their own… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A nasty docudrama profile."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Brilliant social commentary film - an extraordinary view of society in 1955."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"... one of the most hard-hitting crime films of its era... inspired by real-life events and directed in a semi-documentary style with a tabloid punch."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Its borderline-obscene wallop is derived from its brusque brutality."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Karlson's finest hour."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Richard Kiley does a fine job as the crusading reformer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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