Pickup on South Street
Pickup on South Street (1953)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 1953
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Charles Taylor
Village Voice

As good as are Widmark, with his proto-Method grin, and Peters, with her tawny, untutored naturalism, this is Thelma Ritter's movie. She transforms what could have been no more than a colorful eccentric to a figure of unshakable dignity.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

Like a spiky romantic comedy got stuck in one of the 1950s' bleakest visions of humanity - and it somehow all works magnificently.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Fuller's pugnacious direction and his gutter-up view of city life romanticize both the criminal code of honor and the jangling paranoia of global plots; his hard-edged long takes depict underworld cruelty with reportorial wonder ...

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Time Out

Perhaps finally flawed by its overt political assumptions, but the film remains a desperate kind of masterpiece.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

This atmospheric Cold War crime picture is a class act.

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Variety Staff

Pickup for the most part falls flat on its face and borders on presumably unintended, comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Samuel Fuller's a master of unpretentious hot-house poetry, and that theoretical contradiction of terms gives one an idea of the irresolvable, elegantly compact flourishes that abound in his films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sam Fuller wrote and directed this urban noir with a 50's look-on-the-bright-side ending as lowlife-cause-society-made-me-that-way scuzzball Widmark… More
Reid Volk
A classic Sam Fuller film Noir. While it features all of the trappings of a detective story during the peak years of the Red Scare (communist spies, atomic… More
Bruce Bruce
Pickup On South Street is one of the most brilliant movies ever made. An example of the directing: When Candy (Jean Peters) starts going through her purse and… More
Aj V
Utterly brilliant movie, I loved Widmark's performance, I just fell in love with him by watching this movie. If you love 50s thrillers, you can't… More
Graham Jones
One of the great film noir's and my favorite early work of Sam Fuller.
Randy Tippy
Richard Widmark is a petty thief hungry for that one big score. Jean Peters is a kind-hearted but gullible beauty who is unknowingly involved in international… More