Panic

Panic, written and directed by Henry Bromel, is a black-comedy gem about a middle-class husband and father (William H. Macy) who seeks the help of a shrink (John Ritter) when he decides he wants out of the family business. His father (Donald Sutherland) and mother (Barbara Bain) are killers for hire. At the Sundance Film Festival last year, Panic drew raves for the actors, including Neve Campbell as a twenty-something who gets between Macy's character and his wife (Tracey Ullman, cast deftly against type), and for Bromel's acutely funny vision, but you'd need a detective to find a theater where it's playing since the rights were quickly sold to Showtime.

From The Archives Issue 267: June 15, 1978
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