USA Today - 01/31/1996
"...[Crawford's] best '50s movie aside from JOHNNY GUITAR..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/09/1996
"...Tip-top film noir..." -- Rating: A-
Description by OLDIES.com:
Joan Crawford turns in one of the most emotionally charged performances of her career as a playwright who must use her plotting skills to save her own life in this beautifully crafted film noir thriller.
On a train headed home to California, Myra Hudson (Crawford) falls in love with, and marries, actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance), whom she has just fired from her most recent New York play. Back on her San Francisco estate, something evil appears to be lurking beneath the surface of the couple's "idyllic" life. Enter Gloria Grahame as Palance's girlfriend (in a stunning performance The New York Times called "hard, brash and sexy"). Soon it is clear they are after more than new scripts as they greedily scheme for Myra's money.
Director David Miller (Lonely Are the Brave, 1962) guides the story with supreme confidence, assisted by gorgeous black and white cinematography and an excellent score by Elmer Bernstein, as Sudden Fear races toward its jolting climax.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Joan Crawford) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance), Sudden Fear is the unbeatable combination of a lushly produced Joan Crawford melodrama and a drop-dead suspense thriller.
A wealthy playwright suspects her actor husband of being a murderous golddigger in this classic noir drama. Features an original score by Elmer Bernstein. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Joan Crawford, and Best Supporting Actor--Jack Palance.
In "Sudden Fear" the legendary Joan Crawford portrays Myra Hudson, an heiress-turned successful playwright. When Myra becomes the toast of the town, she marries charismatic actor Lester Blaine. But what she believes to be a blissful marriage turns into a nightmare when Myra discovers that Lester wed her only for money and plans to kill her. So, using the imagination of a skilled dramatist, Myra devises her own devilish plan to get back at Lester.