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Shock Corridor (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 19 June 1964 (Italy)
Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder.

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Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Both this and Samuel Fuller's following movie The Naked Kiss (1964) were rejected for UK cinema certificates and remained unavailable until 1990. See more »

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During the climatic fight sequence between Johnny and Wilkes, Peter Breck's stunt double is visible in a few shots. See more »

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Dr. L.G. Cristo: A man can't tamper with a mind by living in a mental hospital and go through all kinds of tests and expects to come out of it sane.
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"Whom God wishes to destroy, He firsts makes mad."
28 July 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

A tale of irony in the vein of EC comics, Shock Corridor is Samuel Fuller's work of genius and far ahead of its time. Fuller pulls some absolutely great performances out of his cast. Everyone delivers the goods. Each character is so wild and outlandish while the actors playing them still maintain believability. Peter Breck is outstanding in the lead. All of the patients are either hysterically funny or scary funny, from Stuart (Rosco P. Coltrane in a memorable role) on down to Pagliacci. But the real standout in the movie is Hari Rhodes in the role of Trent, the white supremecist. His flawless performance disturbs me (you'll know if you've seen the movie). He could be the best actor ever. What else can I say about this movie, it's an insanely perfect pulp piece. Shock Corridor is an unreal experience, film noir at its best, and truly a cult movie.


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