Rage, a joint Mexican-American production lensed entirely below the Border, is a moderately interesting story of a doctor’s frantic race against time to reach a hospital for the Pasteur treatment against rabies.
Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens are the only Americans in cast, balance recruited wholly from Mexican ranks. Although Mexican-made, pic was shot in English.
Ford plays a guilt-ridden physician half-bent upon self-destruction, haunted by memory of the death of his wife and child, for which he blames himself. His base of operations is a construction camp practically in the wilderness. Nipped by his pet dog, he finds later it has rabies, and figures he has only about 48 hours to reach a medical center where he may be treated. With Stevens, a hooker who has been in the camp, he races thru desert and mountain in an attempt to reach the hospital.
Good suspense is worked up in situation and writer-director Gilberto Gazcon maintains mood realistically. Ford etches a rugged characterization, particularly as panic begins to take hold in what appears to be a hopeless effort in reaching the hospital in time.