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Title:
Pickup on South Street
Author:
Schermer, Jules.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2004]

©1953
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Petty crook Skip McCoy has his eye set on the big score. When the three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy, he finds a haul bigger than he ever could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by the Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1953.

Special features: exclusive video interview with the late Sam Fuller; Cinéma Cinémas: "Fuller", French television show with Fuller discussing the making of the film; illustrated biographical essay on Fuller; complete Fuller poster filmography; stills galleries of photos, lobby cards, and original paintings; trailers for eight Sam Fuller films; 20-page booklet including excerpts from Fuller's "A third face: my tale of writing, fighting, and filmmaking" featuring Martin Scorsese's introduction, and Fuller on Pickup on South Street, plus a new essay by acclaimed cultural historian Luc Sante.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9781559409483
UPC:
715515015028
Format :
DVD

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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, Rovi