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106 Ratings

The Lineup

Directed by Don Siegel
United States, 1958
Crime, Drama, Film noir


In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

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The Lineup Directed by Don Siegel

Critics reviews

Combined with a distinct sense of pacing that usually makes for excellent television, Siegel’s seemingly standard crime story is actually a well-organized grab bag of noirish idiosyncrasies. Also thrown into the mix are many wonderful shots of San Francisco, with such on-location realism adding yet another layer to a film already rich with surprising complexity.
July 19, 2013
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The sci-fi of Siegel’s body snatchers is not far from this city, with its violence and pokerfaced perversities (a stash of heroin is hidden inside a Japanese doll, the gangster reaches under her dress for it). Sutro’s Museum sets the stage for the virtuoso climax, a reworking of Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent built around multi-level setups, a skating rink, school children, and the collision between Wallach’s nervous hostility and an underworld Mock Turtle on a wheelchair (Vaughn Taylor).
September 25, 2010
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