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Director:
Writer:
Brian Moore (written by)
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Release Date:
July 1966 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
less than Hitch's best See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Professor Michael Armstrong

Julie Andrews ... Sarah Sherman

Lila Kedrova ... Countess Kuchinska

Hansjörg Felmy ... Heinrich Gerhard (as Hansjoerg Felmy)

Tamara Toumanova ... Ballerina
Wolfgang Kieling ... Hermann Gromek
Ludwig Donath ... Professor Gustav Lindt
Günter Strack ... Professor Karl Manfred
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Jacobi
Gisela Fischer ... Dr. Koska
Mort Mills ... Farmer
Carolyn Conwell ... Farmer's Wife
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Freddy - the Bookseller
Gloria Gorvin ... Fräulein Mann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Alexander ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Chris Anders ... Blond Aide to Mr. Gerhard (uncredited)
Ilonka Bargel ... East Berlin Housewife (uncredited)
Charles Bastin ... University Judge (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Danish Waiter at Hotel D'Angleterre (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... Professor Winkelmann (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ... Professor Olaf Hengström (uncredited)
Burt Brandon ... Norwegian Steward with Cablegramm (uncredited)
Heinz Brinkmann ... Man in Qeue at Post Office (uncredited)
Gudi Burwell ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Barry Cahill ... American Correspondent (uncredited)
Linda Carol ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rico Cattani ... Heinrich - Escape Bus Driver (uncredited)
Robert Champion ... Regular Bus Driver (uncredited)
Andrea Darvi ... Gretl Koska (uncredited)
Hans Difflipp ... Vice Minister Strauss (uncredited)
Maurice Doner ... Hugo - Baggage Manager (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ... Otto Haupt (uncredited)
Horst Ebersberg ... East German Interpreter (uncredited)
Lester Fletcher ... East Berlin Travel Agent (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Stasi Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Sceptical-Looking Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Lili Garner ... Romanian Airline Stuartist (uncredited)
Larry Gelbman ... Swedish Crane Operator (uncredited)
Bill Glover ... British Correspondent (uncredited)
Gino Gottarelli ... Second Russian Army Deserter (uncredited)
Horst Graf ... University Judge (uncredited)
Winfried H. Grupe ... Blond Twin Brother on Bus (uncredited)
Laurence Haddon ... American Correspondent (uncredited)
Sasha Harden ... Border Guard (uncredited)
Joe Harris ... Ballet Member (uncredited)
Mischa Hausserman ... Idealistic Young Man (uncredited)
Peter Hellman ... East German Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Hans Heyde ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in Hotel Lobby with Baby (uncredited)
Erik Holland ... Hotel Travel Clerk (uncredited)
Ike Ivarsen ... Swedish Officer (uncredited)
Walter Janovitz ... Elderly Man on Bus (uncredited)
Nancy Kilgas ... Ballet Member (uncredited)
Danny Klega ... Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
Lidia Kristen ... Woman in black on Bus (uncredited)
Manfred Lating ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Max Lewin ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Peter Lorre Jr. ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Curt Lowens ... Vopo Officer at Roadblock (uncredited)
Jan Malmsjö ... Swedish Photographer (uncredited)
Hedley Mattingly ... Airline Official (uncredited)
Gitta Maynard ... Woman in Qeue at Post Office (uncredited)
Norbert Meisel ... Factory Manager (uncredited)
Frank Oberschall ... Airport Security Man (uncredited)
Michael Panaieff ... Ballett Manager (uncredited)
George Perina ... Professor Schroeder (uncredited)

Gerd Rein ... East German Arresting Officer in Bus Sequence (uncredited)
Marion Rensing ... Idealistic Girl on Bus (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Guard in Post Office (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Professor Gutman (uncredited)
Maria Schroeder ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Peter Scott ... University Judge (uncredited)
Britt Semand ... Magda (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ... Swedish Immigration Officer (uncredited)
Hermine Sterler ... Old Woman entering at Bus Stop (uncredited)
Lyle Sudrow ... Swedish Captain (uncredited)
Albert Szabo ... Herr Albert (uncredited)
Leni Tana ... Woman in Qeue at Post Office (uncredited)
Jim Taylor ... Dancer (uncredited)
Matthias Uitz ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Maya Van Horn ... East Berlin Housewife (uncredited)
Eva van Oyen ... Motherly Woman on Bus (uncredited)
Jarl Victor ... Norwegian Purser (uncredited)
Hans von Burhofer ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Wilhelm von Homburg ... Blonde Twin in Bus (uncredited)
Karen von Unge ... Norwegian Radio Operator (uncredited)
Willem Wanrooy ... Post Office Clerk (uncredited)
Rick West ... Norwegian Purser (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Man in Qeue at Post Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Brian Moore (written by)

Willis Hall  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Keith Waterhouse  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bud Hoffman (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Hein Heckroth 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
 
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... make-up supervision
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Hal Saunders .... hair stylist: Miss Andrews
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack Corrick .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Baer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Alves .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Boswell .... set designer (uncredited)
John W. Corso .... set designer (uncredited)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
William 'Bill' O'Brien .... set designer (uncredited)
Mort Rabinowitz .... set illustrator (uncredited)
Peter Wooley .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Russell .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... pictorial designs
 
Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (as Leonard South)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costume designer: Miss Andrews
Grady Hunt .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Lois Thurman .... script supervisor
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
128 min | Germany:126 min | France:126 min | Netherlands:118 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) (video) | Italy:VM14 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hitchcock wanted to cast Eva Marie Saint, whom he had previously directed in North by Northwest (1959). However, the studio felt that, at 42, Saint was too old to play the female lead. They instead cast the younger and more popular Julie Andrews.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The handwriting Professor Armstrong gives to the radio operator aboard ship and the note that he later writes to his fiancée is not the same - both handwriting samples clearly do not match.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hitchcock (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32See more »

FAQ

Was any of "Torn Curtain" actually filmed behind the Iron Curtain?
Was the ballerina a real ballerina?
What was in the missing scene?
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48 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
less than Hitch's best, 3 February 2001
Author: Dtkoyzis from Ontario, Canada

The first time I watched "Torn Curtain," I grew bored and turned it off before it was over. I've watched it in its entirety more than once since then. It's difficult not to conclude that the master director's age was beginning to take its toll by 1966. It could have been a great film except for some major flaws.

First, the main characters. Newman and Andrews look distinctly ill-at-ease and their acting is wooden. There is very nearly no chemistry between them, and viewers are not really drawn into their somewhat implausible situation. Both actors are compelling in other films, but for some reason not in this one.

Second, Hitchcock would have done better to keep his villains' identity less specific. In "The Lady Vanishes", "The Thirty-nine Steps," and "North by Northwest," the identity of the foreign agents is left deliberately vague and thus little plausibility need be attached to their actions. Here they are East German communists, of which we know rather a lot.

Third, there are inconsistencies in the plot. At one point Newman and Andrews are forced to go out into an open space to avoid being overheard. But in another scene a pro-western spy communicates confidential information to Newman in a hospital room, seemingly oblivious to the possibility of wiretaps.

Finally, there's John Addison's score, which seems to have been written quite independently of the film's action. A suspenseful scene is inappropriately matched with cheerful, melodic music. Everyone knows, of course, that Hitch's longtime musical collaborator, Bernard Herrmann, wrote a mostly complete score for the film, but the two had a falling out on the set and Herrmann was dismissed. Another example of poor judgement on Hitchcock's part. Herrmann's score would have immeasurably improved a mediocre film. (Look at "Obsession" nearly a decade later.) With all the recent film restorations, I would love to see someone redo "Torn Curtain" and put in as much of Herrmann's score as the composer was able to finish. (But perhaps there would be copyright problems.) Had Herrmann's score been used, the murder sequence in the farmhouse might have become as famous as the shower scene in "Psycho."

As I was watching the protagonists flee through the East German landscape in their efforts to reach the west, I found myself thinking that, if they had only waited another twenty-three years, the wall would have come down anyway and they could simply have walked out! That's how much their plight gripped me.

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