Rent Shock Corridor (1963)

3.6 of 5 from 102 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck), an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Samuel Fuller
Writers:
Samuel Fuller
Studio:
Metrodome
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/11/2003
Run Time:
183 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Liner and production notes by Brad Stevens
  • Text interview with Sam Fuller
  • Cast and crew biographies
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/09/2019
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.75:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview from 2010 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

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Reviews (1) of Shock Corridor

Political Allegory (includes spoiler). - Shock Corridor review by Steve

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Updated 08/09/2021

Political allegory from Sam Fuller is straight melodrama but typically original and incisive. Hot shot journalist Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) goes in pursuit of the Pulitzer Prize by faking insanity, which will allow him access to a mental hospital and potentially discover who committed the murder of one of its patients.  

Only once admitted, Johnny's real mental frailties start to betray him. The film adopts the notion that madness is a reasonable response to an abnormal circumstance. This is what has driven the three witnesses to the killing to their own sickness. And Johnny begins to conform to the insanity of his environment.

He uncovers the killer, but  exposure to the hospital liberates his own schizophrenia. Fuller deploys the corridor where the residents congregate as a metaphor for America. He asserts that the country has become deranged by ignorance and prejudice and inevitably when people conform to its rules, they become irrational themselves.  

Though boldly sensationalist, Shock Corridor is a clever and convincing film produced to good effect on a single studio interior. Its budget must have been minuscule, but typically Fuller gives it plenty of visual clout, particularly in the scene when we see the corridor awash in the torrential rain that terrorises Barrett when in his psychotic state.

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