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275 Ratings

Panic in the Streets

Directed by Elia Kazan
United States, 1950
Thriller, Film noir


A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with bubonic plague.

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Panic in the Streets Directed by Elia Kazan

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1950 | Winner: International Award

Academy Awards

1951 | Winner: Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

National Board of Review

1950 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

This best and most neglected of Elia Kazan’s early features.
July 01, 2007
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As regards plot, where cinema and literature are reconciled, Pink and Panic in the Streets are not written as novels but as narratives. That is, they are written in the past tense. Hence, probably, a strict impersonality which makes Kazan a classical director in the André Gide sense. An absence of style which reveals an affectionate contempt for art on the part of the author.
October 01, 1950

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