Academy Awards 1950 -
Best Motion Picture Story: Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt
Entertainment Weekly - 08/04/1995
"...Kazan's tough, trim PANIC is a kind of virus noir..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 12/28/1990
"...Zero Mostel is good as a creep; so is killer Jack Palance..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/03/2005
"[A] riveting action thriller, which makes great use of its New Orleans location."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"[A] great 1950 Elia Kazan thriller with gritty doc-style toughness..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2005
"The filmmakers use their locations well and never let the sense of urgency dissipate."
A.V. Club - 04/11/2013
"[A]n extraordinarily stylish, carefully wrought depiction of a hypothetical -- the CONTAGION of its time." -- Grade: B+
A medical examiner discovers that an innocent shooting victim in a robbery died of bubonic plague. With only 48 hours to find the killer, who is now a ticking time bomb threatening the entire city, a grisly manhunt through the seamy underworld of the New Orleans Waterfront is underway. Academy Award Nominations: Best Motion Picture Story.
Three thieves murder an illegal alien stricken with the bubonic plague and unknowingly catch the disease themselves. Now it's up to a dedicated public health official and the police to track down the criminals... before it's too late for everybody.
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