Torn Curtain

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Julie Andrews Paul Newman

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Not as bad as one might fear

by Brad W on 2/7/2014

Late Hitchcock spy thriller that is nowhere near as bad as its reputation as “one of Hitchcock’s worst” would lead you to believe. Although Hitchcock would have been better served to discontinue use of rear projection shots (they are distracting and, quite frankly, silly and cheap looking,) Torn Curtain does contain a few wonderful scenes. Look out for the show stealing performance by Wolfgang Kieling as Gromek, Newman’s designated body guard in East Germany. Recommended.

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An american scientist publicly defects to east germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape black to the west.


Studio Universal
SKU 202104591
UPC 025192831522
UPC 14 00025192831522
Format DVD
Release Date 2/7/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note TORN CURTAIN was Alfred Hitchcock's 50th film and signals a return to the espionage-romance theme the director showcased in such films as SECRET AGENT and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Hitchcock created a distinct look for the film, subduing lighting and gauzing the lens to give a more natural, less studio-produced feel. Notably, it was the strength of studio influence that contributed another change in the look of the film relative to most Hitchcock pictures, casting leads that departed from traditional Hitchcock types. Paul Newman and Julie Andrews, both at the heights of their popularity when the film was released, anchor this cold war spy thriller. An American scientist (Newman) attends a convention in Copenhagen with his fiancée-assistant (Andrews). While there, she picks up a message meant for him and is drawn into a complex web of espionage behind the Iron Curtain that he had intended to face alone. Her presence throws all his plans into disarray, and the two lovers discover too late that it's easier to get in than to get out again. In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Hitchcock shows his audience just how difficult murder can be when opposed by the will for survival.
Plot Summary
Summary When Sarah Sherman learns that her once-patriotic fiancé--a physicist--has defected to communist East Germany, she cannot believe it. And she's right: He's gone undercover in an attempt to obtain classified military information. Unfortunately, Sarah is determined to find answers to her questions, so she follows him behind the Iron Curtain, involving them in espionage and danger.
Alfred Hitchcock
Julie Andrews
Paul Newman
Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Brian Moore - Writer
David Opatoshu - Actor
John Addison - Musical Score
John F. Warren - Director of Photography
Julie Andrews - Actor
Lila Kedrova - Actor
Ludwig Donath - Actor
Paul Newman - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 28315
UPC 00025192831522
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, Mono Audio, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Newman,Paul
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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