Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

A FILM BY: Samuel Fuller
WRITTEN BY: Samuel Fuller (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (story)
STARRING: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter

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Mercenary pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) and a brassy streetwalker named Candy (Jean Peters) find themselves frantically playing both ends against the middle when some purloined microfilm puts them in the crossfire between Communist spies and Federal agents. Fuller's punchy and apolitical thriller sides with society's marginalized miscreants at a time when the nation was being torn apart by McCarthy era ideology. Featuring a memorable Oscar-nominated turn by Thelma Ritter as the sage grafter, Moe. Many consider this Fuller's signature work: smart, savvy, and stylish—a cinematic slap-in-the-face that's a perfect blending of Fuller's tabloid style and Fox's polished craftsmanship. 

Presented in DCP courtesy of 20th Century–Fox

Technical Information

Production Year: 1953
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP