Robert Aldrich’s hard-edged, stylistically innovative adaptation of the Mickey Spillane novel, features an unsympathetic private eye pulled into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue after picking up a doomed female hitchhiker.
In this classic adaptation of the same-titled novel, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to bits. Nearly as brutal as the crooks he chases, private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) decides one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman. In over his head, Mike is catapulted into a great rat race for “the great whatsit.” This iconic masterwork exists also as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, with an explosive ending. (USA, 1955, 106 min, NR, 35mm | Dir. Robert Aldrich)
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