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Pickup on South Street (The Criterion Collection)

Pickup on South Street (The Criterion Collection)

Richard Widmark
Director: Samuel Fuller Cast: Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark
, Jean Peters
Jean Peters
, Thelma Ritter
Thelma Ritter
Samuel Fuller

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Samuel Fuller scarcely used Dwight Taylor's source material, a languid courtroom romance, in crafting this pugnacious potboiler. Pickup on South Street is strictly Fuller film noir -- lean and wicked straight to its core. Barely out of prison, loner and pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) quietly helps himself to the contents of a woman's purse. His beautiful victim, Candy (Jean Peters), turns out to be an unwitting courier for the communist underground; McCoy's booty is actually microfilmed U.S. government secrets, formerly en route to Moscow. Both the FBI and Candy's employers are desperate to retrieve the film. The apolitical and arrogant McCoy has a plan to play both ends against the middle and come up ahead. However, dealing with the authorities may mean life in the clink, and the sadistic communists would rather kill McCoy than pay him off. He quickly becomes embroiled with Candy, who will risk everything to right her wrongs, and eventually even more to save her new man. When McCoy loses a cohort and Candy is almost killed, the cocksure pickpocket finds a stronger motivation than personal gain. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2021
UPC: 0715515260510
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 10,613

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Skip McCoy
Jean Peters Candy
Thelma Ritter Moe
Murvyn Vye Capt. Dan Tiger
Richard Kiley Joey
Willis B. Bouchey Zara
Milburn Stone Winoki
Henry Slate MacGregor
Jerry O'Sullivan Enyart
Harry Carter Dietrich
George E. Stone Police Clerk
George Eldredge Fenton
Stuart Randall Police Commissioner
Frank Kumagai Lum
Victor Perry Lightning Louie
George Berkeley Customer
Emmett Lynn Sandwich Man
Maurice Samuels Peddler
Parley Baer Stranger
Virginia Carroll Nurse
Roger Moore Mr. Victor
Clancy Cooper Lean Man
John Gallaudet Campion
Wilson Wood Driver
Ray Montgomery F.B.I. Agent
Ray Stevens F.B.I. Agent
Ralph Moody Captain

Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director,Screenwriter
Nick De Maggio Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
George Patrick Art Director
Ad Schaumer Asst. Director
Jules Schermer Producer
Dwight Taylor Original Story
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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