A highly satisfying jigsaw of a mystery thriller, done in classic Hitchcockian style. The story is about a man who finds himself in a high rise as people are exiting the building due to a power outage.
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3.8 Man, I like the Sixties! Everything - and everyone - was stylish somehow. This is a fine example. The first minutes of this Twilight Zone - inspired thriller are particularly hip: power failure in a New York high-rise building and just about everyone is very coolly wisecracking about the situation. As for the rest: Peck, Matthau, McCarthy - all fine. If only the solution would be a bit smarter. Still, a good one.
This compelling, oh-so-60's, drama has excellent dialog, directing, cinematography and locations. The fine cast includes Gregory Peck, Diane Baker (doing much better than usual) and Walter Matthau. In supporting roles Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, George Kennedy and Robert H. Harris do some of their best work. Quincy Jones's music fits like a glove. Good, judicious use of flashbacks.