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Nightmare in Chicago (1964)

A complicated dash of the police, headed by Ted Knight, in a really good performance. Knight is chasing down a killer of blondes and the chase runs through the mystifying puzzle of the toll... See full summary »

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A complicated dash of the police, headed by Ted Knight, in a really good performance. Knight is chasing down a killer of blondes and the chase runs through the mystifying puzzle of the toll roads in the Chicago area. The roads are a web of connections and toll oasis stops. But you can't enter and exit many places and in some places you can't exit and get back on. This makes for a search for the criminal that can't escape the toll road because he can't change his directions and exits are far from each other. Robert Altman brilliantly had been fascinated by the toll road system and created a taught drama that includes a big crash and a nuclear bomb being transported. Very intense and outstanding Chicago area scenery. Written by dennis dorner

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This television movie was originally broadcast as an episode of Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963), one of the three episodes that Robert Altman directed. See more »

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Pretty darn scary, engaging, nuanced and weird
23 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've been hoping this would be released on one format or another ever since I watched it on TV in 1974, when I thought it the equal of anything Fellini, Godard, or Antonioni had produced. Of course, I was 18 years old at the time and high on acid, and had yet to see the films of Fellini, Godard, & Antonioni but to this day I am convinced that Altman really broke the crime genre mold with this one. Ted Knight is a revelation as a beleaguered authority figure, displaying acting chops apart from what we would associate with the pompous clown Ted

Baxter. I would love to see this again. My recollection is that it was full of textural details and was truly creepy.


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