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Crisis

Released Jul 7, 1950 1h 35m Drama List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 46% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Vacationing in a Latin American country, American brain surgeon Eugene Ferguson (Cary Grant) and his wife, Helen (Paula Raymond), get caught in a revolutionary uprising against dictator President Raoul Farrago (Jose Ferrer). Kidnapped by the military and ordered to operate on Farrago, who has a life-threatening brain tumor, Eugene hesitates, believing he might reason with Farrago to stop the imminent civil war. The situation is heightened when Helen becomes a pawn of the revolutionaries. Read More Read Less
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Bosley Crowther New York Times With such a penny-dreadful story, it is remarkable that Mr. Brooks has been able to get any substance of even passing consequences on the screen. Rated: 2/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out Brooks is adept at maintaining the tension. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A rather garrulous script does not prevent this from being, in the main, a competent and intelligent suspense story. Oct 18, 2019 Full Review TV Guide Slow-moving script is well-executed by cerebral director Brooks, and given vitality by Rozsa's atmospheric sound-tracking. Rated: 3/4 Apr 8, 2008 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Demonstrando segurana j em sua estria como diretor, Brooks cria um filme de moral complexa que se torna mais fascinante sempre que Ferrer e Grant dividem a tela. Rated: 4/5 Apr 22, 2006 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 An interesting product of Dore Schary's more Reithian regime at MGM. May 24, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Bill T An interesting but not quite successful movie about a doctor and his wife who travel to an unidentified country on vacation, and are soon taken hostage by it's dictator, who demands the doctor perform brain surgery on him! The dictator is of course not very liked in his country, many people want to see him dead, so there's pressure from both sides. I thought this was some thinly disguised rant about Cuba, but it's still probably to early for that. Anyways, this thing really is a bit too padded out for time, and it crawls quite slowly for the first 3/4 of it. It's not only when the stakes are upped quite substantially that it becomes quite interesting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/24/23 Full Review steve d Kind of ridiculous but still fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member An "innocent" bourgeois American couple, a doctor and his wife, get mixed up, while vacationing abroad, in "foreign" intrigue, with a (pro-US) Latin American dictator. And not only are they "innocent", but so is the American oil company executive (who, however, lets them know that he's an "unofficial" US ambassador). (All the Americans here are innocent. Only the Americans here are innocent.) But still it's not as bad as it sounds. It's like a Hitchcock movie, but without Hitchcock, less stylish, more serious. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member strange mix 2 find grant in yea we can post again! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting Richard Brooks directorial debut is somewhat of a forgotten Cary Grant gem. It's not a classic and actually drags at a number of points, but it's an intriguing story of brain surgeon Grant being compelled to treat a South American dictator of an unnamed country, played by José Ferrer. Like most Brooks films, it's intelligent and gritty, even if it is a bit slow in parts. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This film stars Cary Grant as a doctor on vacation with his wife in a South American country. But he is sort of kidnapped by a dictator in the country and asked to perform brain surgery to remove a tumor that will kill him. But he does not like this dictator's policy with his country and how he treats his citizens. He is asked by rebels to kill him on the operating table. But his moral code as a doctor forces his hand to save this man. The story was interesting and had many entertaining parts. Cary Grant is excellent as usual in his role. Actor Jose Ferrer is also quite good as the dying dictator. Overall this was a solid watch. If your a Cary Grant fan then check it out. Well worth the watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Vacationing in a Latin American country, American brain surgeon Eugene Ferguson (Cary Grant) and his wife, Helen (Paula Raymond), get caught in a revolutionary uprising against dictator President Raoul Farrago (Jose Ferrer). Kidnapped by the military and ordered to operate on Farrago, who has a life-threatening brain tumor, Eugene hesitates, believing he might reason with Farrago to stop the imminent civil war. The situation is heightened when Helen becomes a pawn of the revolutionaries.
Director
Richard Brooks
Producer
Arthur Freed
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 7, 1950, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 22, 2009
Runtime
1h 35m
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