The Sniper
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The "regeneration" of blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk was expedited when he was hired by producer Stanley Kramer to helm the location-filmed melodrama The Sniper. In the interests of political expediency, Dmytrk was required to direct Adolphe Menjou, one of the most virulent Red-baiters of the HUAC hearings. Shorn of his trademarked mustache, and with his famous expensive wardrobe replaced by a humdrum business suit, Menjou turns in one of his best performances as a world-weary San Francisco detective assigned to track down a mad sniper. From the beginning, the audience knows… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good use of the streets of San Francisco, and you can see the film's influence on Peter Bogdanovich's rather artsier 1967 offering Targets."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Trazendo uma importante mensagem acerca da responsabilidade do Estado ao lidar com criminosos mentalmente instáveis, o filme conta com uma direção impecável de Dmytryk e uma atuação amargurada e intensa de Franz."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"... straddles the studio model of storytelling and the immediacy of low-budget location shooting..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A little dated now, especially the nervous documentary-style camerawork which soon outstays its welcome, The Sniper's thriller mechanics nevertheless work efficiently."
‑ , Film4
"It's absolutely terrified that its messages will pass by unnoticed."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film's message blaming society for the serial killer's actions was not well received by the public."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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