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Crisis (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 July 1950 (USA)
While on vacation in a Latin American country, an American neurosurgeon and his wife become tangled in a revolutionary uprising against a tyrannical dictator.



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Complete credited cast:
Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
Colonel Adragon
Sam Proctor


Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New York earlier than expected, they find they are being detained by the military in the country they are in. Ultimately, they learn the reason is that President Raoul Farrago, the tyrannical military dictator of the country, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will die without an operation to remove it, Farrago choosing Gene as the doctor to lead the surgical team. Because of the volatile politics within the country and for his own safety as revolutionary forces would like to see him dead, Farrago refuses to go to a hospital for the operation, instead it to be done at his home. Despite not particularly liking Farrago or his ways, Gene agrees purely in his oath as a doctor. However, he ends up being caught in the middle between Farrago/his brutal regime and the revolutionaries, each side who is ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basra  »


Box Office


$1,616,455 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original story was about the doctor's daughter getting kidnapped and there was no wife. However, once MGM had Cary Grant cast it insisted on a re-write so that Grant would have a love interest. See more »


Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: Good Morning
Helen Ferguson: Good Morning
Helen Ferguson: New mouthwash?
[after a kiss]
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: Moonshine rinse
[used liquor to brush his teeth since there was no water]
Helen Ferguson: Where'd you get the coffee?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: I swiped it
[coffee was taken from their captors]
Helen Ferguson: Thank you darling.
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The rarest of Cary Grant films and a solid one.
14 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

CRISIS remains perhaps the only film that is completely forgotten when lists of Cary Grant films are offered. Even some of Grant's lesser vehicles are discussed, in depth, but Richard Brooks' CRISIS, which features a really stellar cast is 'lost' in contemporary cinema circles. There is no logical reason for this. Grant gives one of his very rare straight dramatic performances -- and one very very different from the dramatic range in NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART. It is a strong, forthright piece of work. The film deserves rediscovery for any number of reasons -- Grant's work, the first sign of Brooks' major talent... and one of the few (if only) Grant films that deals with modern political issues. I had remembered the film very well from my youth and never saw it listed for TV showings or any retrospectives. Thus, finding a rare DVD copy was wonderful ... and, surprisingly, very rewarding. Here's to someone pulling CRISIS out of obscurity and into a rung on the Cary Grant pantheon.

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