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4.0 out of 5 stars "Pickup on South Street (1953) ... Samuel Fuller ... Criterion Collection (2004)", 16 Dec 2010
This review is from: Criterion Collection: Pickup on South Street [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Criterion Collection presents "PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET" (1953) (80 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Extravagant claims are made for this noirish spy film and for its director, Sam Fuller --- It has its moments of technical brilliance in lighting and camera placement and two superb performances (by Richard Widmark as Skip, a professional pickpocket just released from his third prison term, and Thelma Ritter as Moe, who sells information and ties) --- The plot centers on microfilm being followed by FBI agents en route to a Soviet agent when a pickpocket takes the billfold it is in out of the courier's purse on a subway.

Two of my favorite actors Widmark and Ritter, hit the bullseye in another great film about the life and times of people trying to make it in this crazy world of ours.

Need to pick this up on Criterion, for any film collector this is a must have in your ever growing collection on noir.

Under the production staff of:
Samuel Fuller [Director/Screenplay]
Dwight Taylor [Story]
Jules Schermer [Producer]
Leigh Harline [Original Film Score]
Joseph MacDonald [Cinematographer]
Nick DeMaggio [Film Editor]

BIOS:
1. Samuel Fuller [Director]
Date of Birth: 12 August 1912 - Worcester, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 30 October 1997, Hollywood, California

2. Richard Widmark
Date of Birth: 26 December 1914 - Sunrise Township, Minnesota
Date of Death: 24 March 2008 - Roxbury, Connecticut

3. Jean Peters
Date of Birth: 15 October 1926- Canton, Ohio
Date of Death: 13 October 2000, Carlsbad, California

4. Thelma Ritter
Date of Birth: 14 February 1905 - Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 5 February 1969 - New York

the cast includes:
Richard Widmark ... [Skip McCoy]
Jean Peters ... [Candy]
Thelma Ritter ... [Moe Williams]
Murvyn Vye ... [Captain Dan Tiger]
Richard Kiley ... [Joey]
Willis Bouchey ... [Zara]
Milburn Stone ... [Detective Winoki ]

SPECIAL FEATURES [BONUS]:
1. New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
2. Exclusive interview with the late Samuel Fuller, made by renowned film critic Richard Schickel
3. Excerpts from the Cinéma Cinémas series with Fuller discussing the making of the film
4. Illustrated biographical essay on Fuller by Jeb Brody (Scenario, Print magazines)
5. Stills gallery of photos, posters, lobby cards, and original paintings by noted artist Russell Christian (The New York Times, The New Yorker)
6. Trailers for Pickup on South Street and other Fuller features
7. Booklet including excerpts from Fuller's award-winning autobiography A Third Face, featuring Martin Scorsese's introduction and Fuller on Pickup on South Street, plus a new essay by acclaimed cultural historian Luc Sante (Low Life, Evidence)
8. English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
9. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 1/2 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 80 min on DVD ~ Criterion ~ (02/17/2004)
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