Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley is the story of a con man who recruits a couple of amatuers as his partners.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 28, 1947
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A strange and rather sick movie made by highly talented people.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...worth a look, if only for Power's engaging, electrifying performance.

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Marc Mohan

One of the odder products of Hollywood's golden age.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Neither a great movie nor even a classic noir but it has a great ambition to be daring and, once seen, is not easily forgotten.

Christopher Null

will haunt you for days

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A terrific movie, pulled off with a tremendous amount of skill.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Alongside Todd Browning's Freaks, this is a brilliantly grim assessment of humanity's place in the cruel circus of life.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cult classic.

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Michael Atkinson

Power used his almost irritating handsomeness as a subversive tool.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
The seedy underworld of the travelling carnival is the setting for this cautionary tale. This is an excellent example of the film noir genre; Film noir explored… More
Cindy I
Good movie, with an especially good performance by Tyrone Power. He plays a magician/mentalist in a circus sideshow. One of his fellow performers dies due to a… More
Aj V
A touching, dramatic, exciting, romantic, interesting film. I loved Power as the young man who aims too high, goes too far, pushes too much to get what he… More
Ken Stachnik
The best Carnie Noir film ever made. and Colleen Gray is wicked hot
Michael Gildea
Nightmare Alley gets better every time I see it. The photography is so beautiful and simultaneously sleazy that I felt like I need a tetanus shot after watching… More
Veronique Kwak
a highly underrated film noir flick starring tyrone power who is usually the typecasted swashbuckler....a story around the circus and the art of con. power… More