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Crisis (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 July 1950 (USA)
While on vacation in a Latin American country, an American neurosurgeon and his wife become tangled in a revolutionary uprising against a tyrannical dictator.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screenplay), George Tabori (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson
José Ferrer ... Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
Paula Raymond ... Helen Ferguson
Signe Hasso ... Senora Isabel Farrago
Ramon Novarro ... Colonel Adragon
Gilbert Roland ... Roland Gonzales
Leon Ames ... Sam Proctor
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Storyline

Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New York earlier than expected, they find they are being detained by the military in the country they are in. Ultimately, they learn the reason is that President Raoul Farrago, the tyrannical military dictator of the country, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will die without an operation to remove it, Farrago choosing Gene as the doctor to lead the surgical team. Because of the volatile politics within the country and for his own safety as revolutionary forces would like to see him dead, Farrago refuses to go to a hospital for the operation, instead it to be done at his home. Despite not particularly liking Farrago or his ways, Gene agrees purely in his oath as a doctor. However, he ends up being caught in the middle between Farrago/his brutal regime and the revolutionaries, each side who is ... Written by Huggo

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Carefree Cary Grant on a gay holiday with his lovely bride walks right into DANGER! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basra See more »

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Budget:

$1,616,455 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The South American dictator, Farrago, and his beautiful wife seem clearly modeled on Argentine dictator Gen. Juan Domingo Perón and his wife Eva Perón--something writer-director Richard Brooks conceded in a 1965 interview. See more »

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The doctor announces his fee is ten percent of the patient's income, but does not say whether this means monthly, annual or some other period. See more »

Quotes

General Valdini: I only suggest a military truce.
Raoul Farrago: [In a state of acute agitation] It is never military to retreat. Do you suppose I won these decorations by retreating?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: [to Farrago, sternly] Sit down, please.
Raoul Farrago: He says that my soldiers rebel against me. Our supply lines are cut. Students riot. People rise up against me. People! People do as *guns* tell them!
Senora Isabel Farrago: Do as the doctor says, *please*!
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: [to Dr. Nierra] Sodium numinal.
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: [to Farrago] Lie here. You need rest.
Raoul Farrago: Rest? We're in a civil war, you understand. This is worse ...
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Very good suspense film which examines moral values well.
1 April 2006 | by burmashave1See all my reviews

I had thought I'd seen just about every film Cary Grant made until I saw "Crisis" on Turner Classic Movies today. I found it a well-done suspense thriller, which at the same time examined some heavy moral decisions that must be made in times of stress and crisis. The moral dilemma of a doctor facing a decision to save a life, when the patient's death would benefit so many is truly a difficult one. Does the doctor live up to his oath to heal, or does he live up to his moral values which demand that tyranny be opposed and destroyed? Do professional ethics supersede moral values? The battle within the doctor is well delineated. The climax of this battle within himself is sobering. The acting is excellent, especially that of Grant and Jose Ferrer. Ferrer's depiction of the dictator is chilling indeed. The end comes as a decided relief.


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