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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.



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Car Owner Mistaken for Madeleine


John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine. Written by filmfactsman

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Release Date:

21 July 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

'Vertigo'  »

Box Office


$2,479,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,486,818 (USA) (22 November 1996)


$3,200,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (1996 restored)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four other pictures of the same period) were bought back by Alfred Hitchcock and left as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the infamous "Five Lost Hitchcocks" amongst film buffs, and were re-released in theatres around 1984 after a 30-year absence. The others are The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Rear Window (1954), Rope (1948), and The Trouble with Harry (1955). See more »


When Madeleine walks out of the Art museum and continues on to throw flowers in the bay before she jumps in and is taken out of the water by Scotty, she has no purse. After she wakes up at Scotty's and puts on his robe while her clothing is drying, she asks for her hairpins and purse which he brings to her. Perhaps she left the purse in the car when she jumped in the bay, but most women would not go into a museum dressed in a suit with gloves and leave their purse in the car. See more »


[first lines]
Officer on rooftop: Give me your hand. Give me your hand.
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There is no end title on this film. See more »


Referenced in Before the Revolution (1964) See more »


Symphony No. 34 in C K. 338, 2nd Movement, Andante di Molto (piu tosto allegretto)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played as 'cue 10B' on a record in the psychiatric ward
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My favorite movie of alltime!
25 August 1999 | by (West New York, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I have seen ALOT of movies in my life, but none have moved me the way Vertigo has...It's simply brilliant...the more times one views it, the more one picks up from it...a true masterpiece from the master himself...When I think Vertigo, I think the colors red and green...when I think Vertigo I think obsession with love, and the film itself...This movie is so deep that you could write a thesis on it and keep adding to it from time to time...Hitchcock really gave his all in this's about the ultimate love...wanting to achieve the ultimate love, and, as happens in life, never having love turn out to be the way we want it to be...all star performances by Stewart, Novak and Bel Geddes make this visually stunning masterpiece a true film classic...Newly restored, the DVD version simply blows you out of the water....I have seen the movie about 20 times now, and everytime I love it more...Vertigo is the ultimate cult film for me, as I keep going back to it more and more...considering it's dark storyline, it must be a glut for punishment, but Hitch only keeps me wanting more....10 stars...only because I can't give it 100 stars!

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