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Night People (1954)

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In this espionage thriller, set in the midst of the Cold War, an intelligence officer attempts to rescue a soldier who has been captured by the communists and taken to East Berlin. If the Westerners send a former German general to their headquarters, the captors will release the boy unharmed.

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Cast

Gregory Peck
as Col. Van Dyke
Rita Gam
as Miss Cates
Buddy Ebsen
as Sgt. McColloch
Max Showalter
as Frederick S. Hobart
Jill Esmond
as Frau Schindler
Peter van Eyck
as Petrechine
Ted Avery
as Johnny
Paul Carpenter
as Col. Whitby
John Horsley
as Stanways
Lionel Murton
as Lakeland
Anton Faerber
as Mr. Schindler
Otto Reichow
as Russian Major
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Critic Reviews for Night People

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

It may be the sheerest piece of fiction, and a reckless piece at that, but it is fun.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

An exciting, beautifully acted picture that is consistently absorbing.

March 13, 2019 | Full Review…

An intelligent Cold War thriller.

November 1, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Night People reflects the men who made it; quiet, knowledgeable professionals who eschew melodrama and personality dysfunction in favor of just doing their jobs to the best of their ability. It's that very simplicity which makes it great.

November 13, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Night People belongs to a long tradition of screenwriters segueing into directorial debuts. Overly chatty and rather conservative considering its subject matter, it is perhaps a film best reserved for fans of Gregory Peck.

September 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A complicated but fascinating suspense thriller in CinemaScope, about East vs. West in present-day Berlin.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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