Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 7

Breakdown

4
Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Nov 13, 1955 on CBS
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8.5
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  • A compelling study of the limits of human resolve; This episode was profound and memorable.

    10
    After a paralyzing car accident, the main character must battle his own standard of emotional control. His will takes him to a far darker place than he imagined as he tries desperately to find some way to communicate with the people around him, while defying the emotions of human nature he so despises.

    Driven mainly by internal dialogue, the episode departs from narrative norms and plunges the viewer into a world where they are subject to the terrifying constraints of paralysis. With each failed attempt to communicate, the main character becomes more sympathetic and his plight more horrific.

    And unlike many episodes of the series, there is no attempt at spinning the difficult conclusion into a rosier scenario in Hitchcock's afterward.
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