Torn Curtain (1966)

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  July 1966 (UK)
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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 back to the West.



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Complete credited cast:
Heinrich Gerhard (as Hansjoerg Felmy)
Wolfgang Kieling ...
Ludwig Donath ...
Günter Strack ...
David Opatoshu ...
Gisela Fischer ...
Carolyn Conwell ...
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Gloria Gorvin ...


Professor Michael Armstrong is heading to Stockholm to attend a physics conference accompanied by his assistant-fiancée Sarah Sherman. Once arrived however, Michael informs her that he may be staying for awhile and she should return home. She follows him and realizes he's actually heading to East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain. She follows him there and is shocked when he announces that he's defecting to the East after the US government canceled his research project. In fact, Michael is there to obtain information from a renowned East German scientist. Once the information is obtained, he and Sarah now have to make their way back to the West. Written by garykmcd

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Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!] See more »




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Release Date:

July 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cortina rasgada  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the book "It's Only a Movie", Brian Moore was chosen to write the screenplay, but shooting began before Hitchcock was satisfied with the script, dictated by the limited availability of Julie Andrews. See more »


When Professor Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is writing the address on a piece of paper in the beginning of the movie he writes: Kobenavn. The actual spelling is: Kobenhavn. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Karl Manfred: Are they ever going to get the heating fixed?
Norwegian crewman: They are working at it, Professor. Perhaps some of you scientists would like to give us a helping hand!
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Referenced in Gotcha! (1985) See more »


Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the ballet
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Those 'in the know' ....
21 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

... have 'know' idea what they're talking about. It may not be Hitch's best movie, but 'watch at your own risk' is an utterly ridiculous appraisal of this movie. But yes, when discussing a Hitch movie, all the normal conventions of movie analysis fly straight out of the window; now it's time to take out the REALLY big magnifying glass. The nitpicking borders on the outrageous. The story is actually quite enjoyable, no more implausible than that of many of his other films, and contains the usual Hitchcockian set pieces and camera work. Whats not to love? Ya, Newman doesnt exactly carry around Jack Nicholson-like expressiveness; there may have been better actors up to the task, and the Old Woman scene feels strange and out of place not to mention over-acted, but even these cant bring the movie as a whole down. Seems like for years this film has the unlucky honor of being the scapegoat in the Hitchcock stable...unfortuanate, really. If you haven't already, see it for yourself, you wont be disappointed

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