Torn Curtain

Torn Curtain

Alfred Hitchcock (1966)

122min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
What looked in its day to be a failure and a disappointment to fans of maestro Alfred Hitchcock now reveals itself to be, if not a key work, then at least the movie that contains one of Hitch's most compelling sequences. "I wanted to show how difficult it is to kill someone," Hitch said, and in a prolonged scene here involving Paul Newman played without dialogue he certainly does. It's the high spot in a remarkably ridiculous Cold War thriller, very much of its period, with phoney locations, phonier (although admittedly deliberate) back projection, and, phoniest of all, the casting of Newman and Julie Andrews (particularly Andrews) as an alleged American defector and his fiancée. If there was any chemistry between the stars, it certainly doesn't show on the screen. Still, Hitchcock fans won't mind, and shouldn't miss it. Everybody else needs a very large pinch of salt.

Summary

An American scientist working as a double agent pretends to defect to East Germany, hoping to learn vital information about activities behind the Iron Curtain. However, his dangerous mission is jeopardised when his unsuspecting fiancee decides to follow him - and unwittingly draws attention to them both. Cold War thriller, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova and David Opatoshu.

Cast & Crew

Professor Michael Armstrong Paul Newman
Sarah Sherman Julie Andrews
Countess Luchinska Lila Kedrova
Professor Gustav Lindt Ludwig Donath
Hermann Gromek Wolfgang Kieling
Jakobi David Opatoshu
Ballerina Tamara Toumanova
Professor Karl Manfred Gunter Strack
Man in hotel lobby with baby Alfred Hitchcock
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama