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Vertigo (1958)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller  |  1958 (UK)
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A retired 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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Complete credited cast:
Scottie's Doctor
Konstantin Shayne ...
Pop Leibel
Lee Patrick ...
Car Owner Mistaken for Madeleine


Former Police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson was asked by a friend to investigate his wife named Madeleine since he was afraid that she might attempt to kill herself due to probable insanity as she thinks that she might be possessed by a dead woman. Scottie agrees and ended up falling in love with her. Unfortunately for him, Madeleine died and he was left alone until a woman named Judy came along and things start to unfold.

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A Hitchcock thriller. You should see it from the beginning! See more »


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Release Date:

1958 (UK)  »

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)



Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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Did You Know?


The McKittrick hotel exterior shots were filmed at the abandoned Portman Mansion at 1007 Gough Street in San Francisco. It was demolished in 1959. See more »


The parked cars opposite the alley behind the flower shop change with the camera's point of view. See more »


[first lines]
Officer on rooftop: Give me your hand. Give me your hand.
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Crazy Credits

There is no end title on this film. See more »


Referenced in House M.D.: Both Sides Now (2009) See more »


Sardis #4
(Forever Female), from Skylark (1941) (Poochie)
Composed by Victor Young
Orchestrated by Gus Levene
Played as 'cue 12D' by the orchestra while Scottie and Judy are dancing
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Distinctive & Unforgettable Masterpiece
19 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

One of the many things that made Hitchcock such a great director is that he did not just stick to the same formula time after time; all of his best movies have their own unique feel and characteristics. "Vertigo" is particularly distinctive, both as a complex story filled with suspense, and as a fascinating study in psychological tension. While it lacks the humor of some of Hitchcock's other masterpieces, and sometimes moves rather slowly, it is unforgettable, and a great achievement by the director and his cast.

If you have never seen it, you will enjoy it more if you do not know too much about the plot, although the actual story is somewhat secondary to the ways that the characters are tested and their weaknesses exposed by the various events. Hitchcock uses a complicated story, interesting characters, lavish visual detail, and deliberate pacing, plus a fine musical score by the incomparable Bernard Hermann, to produce a mysterious, almost unearthly, atmosphere. The tension rarely lets up, and the viewer is caught up completely in it, at times almost to the point of discomfort. It's the kind of film that repays careful attention, as almost every moment is filled with significant detail.

There are also some great acting performances. Jimmy Stewart is outstanding in a role far different from his usual screen persona. He enables the viewer to sympathize completely with him, even as we cringe at many of his character's actions and decisions. Kim Novak is completely convincing in a difficult dual role, and the movie would not have been as compelling without her fine performance. The rest of the cast all have much smaller roles, but are all quite good too, especially Barbara Bel Geddes as Scottie's (Stewart's) old friend, who provides important insight into Scottie's character.

"Vertigo" is a classic by any standard. It's a must-see that remains just as impressive with each viewing.

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