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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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Please come to Video!!!
20 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first and last time I ever saw "Nightmare in Chicago" was back in 1971, on New York' s Channel 9 (WOR-TV back then). I was seven -yes, seven!- years old when I watched it with my younger brother (my parents were busy playing a game of Parchese on the kitchen table after dinner, oblivious to the kind of "kiddie show" we were watching) and I still remember it vividly, some parts more than others. The multi-car pile up caused by Phillip Abott's psychotic character Georgey-Porgie was definitely a winner. The fact that Porgie wore shades at night invigorated his morbid nature even more - boy did Altman really outdo himself with this classic crime-and-suspense piece! It puzzles me how such a masterpiece has not made it to video, particularly at this day and age...I hope to God the original film hasn't been compromised and lost!!


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