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Shock Corridor represents filmmaker Samuel Fuller at his most excessive, but few would have it otherwise. Peter Breck plays a ruthless journalist who believes that the quickest way to a Pulitzer Prize is to uncover the facts behind a murder at a mental hospital. To glean first-hand information, Breck pretends to go insane and is locked up in the institution. While pursuing his investigation, Breck is sidetracked by the loopy behavior of his fellow inmates. During a hospital riot, Breck is straightjacketed and ...
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Overview

Shock Corridor represents filmmaker Samuel Fuller at his most excessive, but few would have it otherwise. Peter Breck plays a ruthless journalist who believes that the quickest way to a Pulitzer Prize is to uncover the facts behind a murder at a mental hospital. To glean first-hand information, Breck pretends to go insane and is locked up in the institution. While pursuing his investigation, Breck is sidetracked by the loopy behavior of his fellow inmates. During a hospital riot, Breck is straightjacketed and subjected to shock treatment. By now almost as crazy as he's previously pretended to be, Breck begins imagining that his exotic-dancer girlfriend Constance Towers a Samuel Fuller "regular" is actually his sister! Typical of the Fuller ouevre, the characters in Shock Corridor are either saved or destroyed by their individual obsessions.
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Special Features

New Video Interview with Star Constance Towers by film Historian and Filmmaker Charles Dennis; ; The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera, Adam Simon's 1996 Documentary on Director Samuel Fuller; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: Illustrations by Cartoonist Daniel Clowes and a booklet featuring an Essay by critic and Poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's Autobiograpy, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking
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Editorial Reviews

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Though he often worked within and outside the studio system, director Samuel Fuller was essentially banished from Hollywood after 1963's lurid Shock Corridor and 1964's Naked Kiss. Now widely recognized as one of his best films, Corridor is an uncompromising, idiosyncratic depiction of the seams that threaten to tear American apart. Fuller had worked as both a crime reporter and a pulp novelist, and he often translated the sensationalism of those fields to his movies. Corridor in particular featured extremely stylized direction, dialogue, and acting; at the time of the film's release, its anything-for-an-effect aesthetic struck some viewers as preposterous and inflammatory. French critics and filmmakers, however, embraced Fuller's unique style, and many notable filmmakers have since claimed Fuller as an influence, including Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Quentin Tarantino.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • UPC: 715515067010
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / B&W
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Breck Johnny Barratt
Constance Towers Cathy
Gene Evans Boden
James Best Stuart
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Trent
Larry Tucker Pagliacci
William Zuckert Swanee
Philip Ahn Dr. Fong
Neyle Morrow Psycho
Frank Gerstle Police Lieutenant
Paul Dubov Dr. Menkin
Rachel Romen Singing Nymphomaniac
Wally Campo
Karen Conrad
Lucille Curtis
Marie Devereaux
Chuck Hicks
John Mathews Dr. Cristo
Barbara Perry
Allyson Daniell
Harry Fleer
Chuck Roberson Wilkes
John Craig Lloyd
Johnny Barrett Peter Breck
Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Einar H. Bourman Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Charles Duncan Special Effects
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
Lynn Dunn Special Effects
Dan Greenway Makeup
John Gregory Choreography
Eugène Lourié Art Director
Philip Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
Jerome Thoms Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shock Corridor
1. Opening Titles [2:03]
2. "Hamlet Was Made For Freud" [5:27]
3. "I Want Somebody To Love" [4:41]
4. Formal Complaint [1:35]
5. "When I Was Fourteen" [3:38]
6. Dreaming Of Cathy [2:07]
7. Borderline Psychotic [1:35]
8. The Street [4:12]
9. Witness No. 1: Stuart [4:22]
10. "Cargo Al Factotum" [5:39]
11. Dr. Cristo/Hobby: Golf [1:46]
12. Inquisition [4:54]
13. Nymphos [2:33]
14. Buddha [8:40]
15. Visiting Day [1:50]
16. Dementia Praecox [3:04]
17. Witness No. 2: Trent [10:21]
18. Amazon Jungle [5:15]
19. Exciting The Patients [3:02]
20. Shock Treatment [2:02]
21. Witness No. 3: Dr. Boden [2:49]
22. "Who Killed Sloan In The Kitchen?" [7:31]
23. Real Progress [6:04]
24. Confrontation [2:45]
25. Catatonic Schizophrenic [3:14]
1. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Shock Corridor
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   Supplements
      The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera
      Theatrical Trailer
      Constance Towers
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