Sam Fuller's classic, and still controversial, study of the borderline of sanity tells the story of a journalist who gets himself committed to a mental hospital in order to track an unsolved murder. Fuller adopts the time-honoured convention of the journalist’s quest for truth to underscore his own exploration of psychic damage in America. As the film unfolds the purity of the hero’s mission is undercut by his own monomaniacal ego, and the delusions of omnipotence that mask the darkest secrets of his soul. In Peter Breck’s moving performance. the journalist Johnny becomes one of the great doomed figures of modern day film noir—unwittingly pursuing a killer at the expense of his own sanity.
"This microcosm of America-in-an-insane-asylum that Fuller created in 1963 has lost none of its force for a viewer in 2012, and his treatment of journalistic hubris foreshadows the contemporary problem of media becoming corrupted by its all-too-compliant association with the powerful elites of government today". - Tim Hunter
You are recommended to buy your ticket in advance from the BFI box office.
Please note that there is a £2 charge for non-subscribers to attend our meetups: please pay this to your host on the day. To avoid this, please pay the annual subscription (£3.30), using the Pay Online button on the website, by midnight on the day before the meetup.