Panic in the Streets
Panic in the Streets (1950)

Filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, Panic in the Streets stars Richard Widmark as Dr. Clinton Reed, a physician from the U.S. Health Service who must race against time to stop a plague. The carrier was an illegal alien, murdered by… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 12, 1950
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

There is vivid action, nice human touches and some bizarre moments. Jack Palance gives a sharp performance.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It, too, uses social commentary but it's so expertly folded into the story, and so gripping, that it succeeds as both art and entertainment.

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Emanuel Levy

A taut thriller with a poignant message, Panic in the Streets, which won the Oscar for Motion Picture Story, is well directed by Kazan and well acted by Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Zero Mostell (just before he was blacklisted) and others.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A classy thriller, much less laden with significance than most Kazan movies.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Superbly made look at scientists battling a contagious disease, with Widmark outstanding lead.

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TV Guide

This is a tense, offbeat, and fairly absorbing drama.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[The] best and most neglected of Elia Kazan's early features.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Still tense today, more than 60 years after it was made

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fine Elia Kazan drama with Richard Widmark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Not panic enough to entertain.
Randy Tippy
When a dead man is fished out of the harbor with two bullet holes and a case of pneumonic plague the police pull out all the stops to find the killer before he… More
Aj V
With such a great cast this could have been an great classic, but the movie has it's boring slow scenes, other than that I liked it. The story is exciting… More
Ken Stachnik
Elia Kazan crafts another film on the edges of Noir that acts as a thematic cousin to On the Waterfront. In this cross between Outbreak and A buddy cop film,… More
Stella Dallas
a medical thriller where widmark gets to play the hero for a change. he's a public health doctor racing the clock to prevent an outbreak of plague in new… More
Adam Mahler
germophobes will find lots of horrifying holes in the plot, but it's a noir by Kazan & fun; camera moves fast but not too slick; Douglas & Palance… More