Shock Corridor • 1h 41m
Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1963 • United States
Starring Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans
In SHOCK CORRIDOR, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, SHOCK CORRIDOR has had far-reaching influence.
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