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During WWI, a munitions worker is framed for an act of sabotage. On the lam, he must search for the real culprit before the police catch him.


Studio Universal
SKU 202270493
UPC 025192831225
UPC 14 00025192831225
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
World War II
Editors Note
Note A forerunner to Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST, SABOTEUR is the story of defense plant worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings), who stands falsely accused of planning a factory explosion that killed his good friend. Recognizing that he has been set up and that no one is likely to believe his story, Kane is forced to piece together the little information he can recall from the event to find the true leader of a spy ring. The film carries themes later explored more deeply in other Hitchcock films. The lone hero escapes and races cross country, searching desperately for proof of his innocence. Kane has the good fortune to win the trust of a blind musician and later the affection of the musician's daughter, Patricia Martin (Priscilla Lane). Over the course of a series of explosive scenes Kane, both the pursuer and the pursued, approaches the inner circle of agents. Among the hairpin plot twists and near misses are the traditional absurd Hitchcockian touches--such as when the lovers seek refuge in a train car filled with circus misfits. The ultimate climax, the clash on the Statue of Liberty, is one of Hitchcock's most famous scenes.
Plot Summary
Summary This grand Alfred Hitchcock thriller finds the director making full use of the North American continent and mythos to tell the story of an innocent on the run. Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) is a man unjustly accused of sabotaging an American airplane factory in Glendale, California, during WWII. He escapes the police with a daring jump off a bridge and sets out in pursuit of the real criminal. Full of quirky characters and plot surprises, this forerunner of THE FUGITIVE is a Hitchcock gem full of action as it spirals towards its stupendous climax.|
Entertainment Weekly "...Exciting early Hitchcock, including one of his most memorable finales." -- Rating: A- 09/20/1996 p.90
Alfred Hitchcock
Priscilla Lane
Robert Cummings
Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Frank Lloyd - Producer
Frank Skinner - Original Music By
Jack H. Skirball - Producer
Joseph A. Valentine - Cinematographer
Kurt Heuser - Original Music By
Norman Lloyd - Actor
Otto Kruger - Actor
Otto Ludwig - Editor
Peter Viertel, et al. - Writer
Priscilla Lane - Actor
Robert Cummings - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 28312
UPC 00025192831225
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Saboteur is a very interesting way station in Hitchcock's film career. Some elements of the story draw from his previous efforts (for example the sequence in the Radio City Music Hall is reminiscent of the movie scenes in Sabotage [1936, Britain] and the handcuffs and escaping couple remind one of The 39 Steps[1935, Britain]) while others are precursors to similar but more elaborate ones in the future...I can only hearken back to the capability of the two lead performers. Had we had two actors with more of an edge than Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane, Saboteur could have ranked with Hitchcock's top films.
Reviewer Barrie Maxwell
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Movie Vault
Review No review of a Hitchcock film, however, is complete without a discussion of the set pieces. In Saboteur, however, the set pieces are kept to a minimum running time: the initial firestorm at the factory is followed by the protagonist's escape by diving from a bridge; another attempted escape via horseback is quickly thwarted; the charity event in the third act is less choreographed set piece than a suspense sequence dependent on character interaction.
Reviewer Mel Valentin
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Lane,Priscilla
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews A solid action thriller...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Full of quirky touches, unusual supporting characters, and some outstanding set pieces...

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