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55 Ratings

The Killer is Loose

Directed by Budd Boetticher
United States, 1956
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Years after Det. Sam Wagner brought bank robber Leon “Foggy” Poole to justice and accidentally killed the criminal’s wife in the crossfire, the crazed convict busts out of jail with a one-track mind: to kill Wagner’s wife, Lila, in an act of revenge.

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The Killer is Loose Directed by Budd Boetticher

Critics reviews

Boetticher… saw violence everywhere and was sensitive to its ambient horrors, even when unleashed with principle. This movie, with its focus on crime and punishment—and on the private lives of police officers and criminals alike—redefines the very idea of the war at home.
November 25, 2013
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The rope-tight storytelling builds to a remarkable climax in which stakeout rifles, shortwave transmitters and cross-dressing killers chip away at the bogus sanctuary of suburbia. The arena cleared, Boetticher is ready to ride into the desert with Randolph Scott.
June 24, 2013
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