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Torn Curtain -- 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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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:
Under-rated Hitchcock gem. See more (126 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)
 
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:
Universal Studios' Stage 28, the Lon Chaney 1925 B&W feature film "Phantom of the Opera" interior European three tiered box seat horseshoe theatre and stage proscenium existed as a permanent studio stage standing set. In 2014, this is the oldest permanent standing set in Hollywood in existence. The Universal Studios' stage 28 "Phantom of the Opera" theatre interior set was also used in Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 feature film "The Torn Curtain." In 1965, the Paris Opera theatre interior set had fallen into disrepair, but Universal gave permission for Hitch to use it in the climax of his film. Hitch had his crew (including Joe Musso, a young budding illustrator) restore the theatre set back to the way the stage set was originally built for the 1925 Lon Chaney film. The original blueprints for the 1925 Chaney film no longer existed in 1964, but Joe Musso had a great 8"x10" photo collection from the Chaney film that showed the Paris Opera theater interior in great detail. Based on these archived B&W photos, the production designer, Hein Heckroth, art director, Frank Arrigo, and assistant art director, Joe Alves, had the set designers recreate new blueprints for the construction crew to restore the stage theatre set properly. Hitchcock had the original seats reupholstered and put back into the audience floor space, filling the theater floor and the European style horseshoe three tiered box gallery with 500 extras, along with Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. The set designers who worked on the film included John Corso, Burwell Hamrick, William "Bill" O'Brien. Mort Rabinowitz also worked on the film as an illustrator. Mort Rabinowitz became a production designer shortly after working on the Hitchcock feature film. Joe Musso did the set illustrations on the opera house in color and painted Hitchcock's film crew in the audience besides Newman, Julie and Hitch. Hitchcock kept Joe Musso's illustration as his private and personal souvenir.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The message Professor Armstrong writes out in the bathroom stall, "Contact Pi . . . " does not match up with the letters underlined on p. 107 of the book, the source of the coded message.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 Paint It Black (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437)See more »

FAQ

Why did Professor Armstrong defect to East Germany?
What does the symbol for Pi stand for in the movie?
Does Armstrong get the formula for which he "defected"?
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53 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Under-rated Hitchcock gem., 21 May 2000
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

This hardly ever appears in the lists of the master's best films, but it is a real gem - superbly acted, inventively filmed with great music, dialogue and plot. Julie Andrews and Paul Newman work really well together - a very sexy scene early in the film is a delight, filmed in extreme close-up. And Lila Kedrova's cameo is Oscar worthy. This is also a memorable look at the Cold War at its height, and although the pro-West propaganda is a little thick at times, there is still a sense of the absurdity of the situation. And there is a murder scene of unbelievable savagery that really left me shaken - excellent work here from Newman and Carolyn Conwell. The most memorable scene is the bus pursuit sequence, and the theatre audience turning into an hysterical mob when Newman yells "fire" is a great Hitchcock moment. One of his best cameo appearances too. I think this film deserves re-examination.

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