USA Today - 04/05/1991
"...A major film noir classic....Love those Fuller close-ups..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Film Comment - 03/01/2004
"Samuel Fuller's sweaty 1953 noir speedball PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET gets the Criterion treatment and it plays like a poison pen letter from the past."
Uncut - 09/01/2004
"Sam Fuller's explosive pulp classic, a red-menace thriller, pitched near hysteria from start to finish?.Definitive Fuller, definitive noir."
A skid row pickpocket acquires a top-secret microfilm. He stumbles onto a plot to sell military secrets and is now the target in a world of intrigue and espionage.
This film noir classic plays on America's paranoia about a Communist takeover in the 1950s. Dwelling in a neon-lit nightscape are: a pickpocket, Skip McCoy; an abused dame, Candy; a seen-it-all stoolie, Moe; Joey, Candy's violent boyfriend and Communist plotter; shifty G-Men; cynical cops; and a whole nest of vipers in fedoras and trenchcoats. Joey forces Candy to deliver a secret package for him. Then Skip snatches Candy's purse and inadvertently takes a cryptic film that some underground Reds have stolen. A pair of Feds tracking the film's whereabouts witness the pickpocket and close in on him. But Skip first considers cutting a deal with the Communists. Then he realizes that several parties are interested in the film -- and some are even willing to kill for it!
Theatrical Release |
Additional cast: Henry Slate (MacGregor); Harry Carter (Dietrich); Stuart Randall (Police Commissioner); Frank Kumagi (Lum); Victor Perry (Lightning Louie); George Berkeley (Customer); Emmett Lynn (Sandwich Man); Maurice Samuels (Peddler); Jay Loftlin (Librarian); and Virginia Carroll (Nurse).