Crisis (1950)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Political Thriller  |   Release Date - Jul 7, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Cary Grant's utter credibility in the role of a brilliant, world-famous brain surgeon Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson is the single element that keeps Crisis afloat. While vacationing in a politically unstable Latin American country, Ferguson and his wife, Helen (Paula Raymond), find themselves the unwilling house guests of dictator Raoul Farrago (José Ferrer). Suffering from a brain tumor, Farrago insists that Ferguson operate at once. The "crisis" of the title arises when revolutionary leader Gonzales (Gilbert Roland) demands that Farrago be killed on the operating table -- and kidnaps Dr. Ferguson's wife to bind the bargain. Unaware of his wife's plight, Ferguson proceeds with the operation, setting into motion a series of events leading to a grimly ironic denouement. Director Richard Brooks adapted the screenplay of Crisis from a story by George Tabori.

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rescue, against-the-system, America, brain-surgery, collapse, democracy, doctor/nurse, espionage, government, irony, kidnapping, oppression, power, rebel, regime, revolution, sniper, surgery, thug, tracking [following], tyrant, vacation, victim, weapons, wife