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Panic in the City (1968)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | October 1968 (USA)

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An American agent is assigned to track down a renegade Soviet spy who is building an atomic device in Los Angeles and plans to destroy the city with it.

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Dave Pomeroy
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Dr. Paula Stevens
Stephen McNally ...
James Kincade
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August Best
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Myra Pryor
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Dr. Paul Cerbo (as Oscar Beregi)
Gregory Morton ...
Steadman
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Goff
George Barrows ...
Ernest
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Hal Johnson
Wesley Lau ...
Police Lt. Brady
Jim Adams ...
Tom
Hank Brandt ...
Miller
Eddie Firestone ...
Owens
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When a man collapses on the street, he is brought to the hospital and when he was about to be x-rayed, the technician discovers that he is contaminated with radiation. A federal agent arrives to find out how he got infected. They learn that he is a scientist. But before he could be questioned he's killed. So they have to find out what's going on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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A CITY EXPOSED TO THE MENACE OF THE ATOM BOMB! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Final theatrical feature of Anne Jeffreys. See more »

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Of some merit
27 May 2006 | by (Austin) – See all my reviews

I am somewhat surprised that it is even available to purchase -- since it is not the kind of kitschy-bad that can earn a movie cult status, nor notable as any popular achievement either. Its chief virtue is a sort of understated competence.

"Panic..." is plotted as a stereotypical doomsday thriller and the characters are almost, but not quite, cut from cardboard templates. But decent performances and some unusual casting choices for that era give it a certain tragic power.

A romantic subplot between a white middle-aged G-man and Latina doctor is spare, with none of the histrionics you might expect from a low-budget thriller of this sort.

The film's presentation of Los Angeles is a mostly unglamorous town of vacant lots, auto machine shops, shabby apartment complexes, and sterile hospital waiting rooms. The choice of locations adds considerably to its bleak tone. The conspirators operate in this vacant environment, and literally work themselves to death constructing an atomic bomb to use on the city. The nearly-as-anonymous protagonists do not fare much better in their efforts to find and to stop them.

Made in the 60's and in color, but staged more like a 40's "B" picture, "Panic in the City" is not exceptional, but it is not half bad.


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