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Patterns Poster
Released Runtime Category
1956 83 Drama
Director Language
Fielder Cook English
Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight


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What's it About

When his former employer gets bought out by the larger, prestigious Ramsey and Co., headed by ruthless Walter Ramsey (Sloane), engineer Fred Staples (Heflin) moves to New York and a senior position there. An older, established senior executive named William Briggs (Begley) kindly takes Fred under his wing, but tensions mount when it becomes evident Staples is intended to replace Briggs.

Why we love it
Don't miss this pure, understated masterpiece from the magic pen of Rod Serling. This story of brutal corporate politics feels every bit as relevant today as it did in 1956. Though the DVD transfer itself is not of the highest quality, excellence in every aspect of the film more than compensates. "Patterns" represents spare, compact, intense drama with pitch-perfect playing.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"