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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 before planning an escape back to the West.

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Professor Michael Armstrong
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Sarah Sherman
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Countess Kuchinska
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Heinrich Gerhard (as Hansjoerg Felmy)
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Ballerina
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Professor Gustav Lindt
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Hermann Gromek
Günter Strack ...
Professor Karl Manfred
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Mr. Jacobi
Gisela Fischer ...
Dr. Koska
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Farmer
Carolyn Conwell ...
Farmer's Wife
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Freddy - the Bookseller
Gloria Govrin ...
Fräulein Mann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Alexander ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Chris Anders ...
Blond Aide to Mr. Gerhard (uncredited)
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Bearded Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Ilonka Bargel ...
East Berlin Housewife (uncredited)
Charles Bastin ...
University Judge (uncredited)
John Bleifer ...
Danish Waiter at Hotel D'Angleterre (uncredited)
Robert Boon ...
Prof. Winkelmann (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ...
Prof. 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)
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East Berlin Travel Agent (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ...
Stasi Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ...
Skeptical-Looking Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Lili Garner ...
Romanian Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Larry Gelbman ...
Swedish Crane Operator (uncredited)
William 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)
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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)
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Man in Hotel Lobby with Baby (uncredited)
Erik Holland ...
Hotel Travel Clerk (uncredited)
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Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Ike Ivarsen ...
Swedish Officer (uncredited)
Walter Janovitz ...
Elderly Man on Bus (uncredited)
Walter Kightly ...
Soldier (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)
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VOPO Officer at Roadblock (uncredited)
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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 ...
Prof. Schroeder (uncredited)
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East German Arresting Officer in Bus Sequence (uncredited)
Marion Rensing ...
Idealistic Girl on Bus (uncredited)
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Woman Backstage (uncredited)
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Guard in Post Office (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ...
Prof. Gutman (uncredited)
Maria Schroeder ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Peter Scott ...
University Judge (uncredited)
Britt Semand ...
Magda (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ...
Swedish Immigration Officer (uncredited)
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Old Woman Entering at Bus Stop (uncredited)
Lyle Sudrow ...
Swedish Captain (uncredited)
Albert Szabo ...
Herr Albert (uncredited)
Leni Tana ...
Woman in Queue 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)
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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 Queue at Post Office (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by (WGA)

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Brian Moore ... (written by)
 
Willis Hall ... (contributor to screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Keith Waterhouse ... (contributor to screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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John Addison

Cinematography by

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John F. Warren ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bud Hoffman ... film editor

Production Design by

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Hein Heckroth

Art Direction by

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Frank Arrigo

Set Decoration by

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George Milo

Makeup Department

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Jack Barron ... make-up supervision
Lorraine Roberson ... hair stylist
Hal Saunders ... hair stylist: Miss Andrews
Peter R.J. Deyell ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jack Corrick ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Donald Baer ... assistant director
Art Levinson ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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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

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William Russell ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... pictorial designs

Stunts

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David Sharpe ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Leonard J. South ... camera operator (as Leonard South)
Doug Mathias ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Edith Head ... costume designer: Miss Andrews
Grady Hunt ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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John Addison ... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Other crew

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Peggy Robertson ... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Lois Thurman ... script supervisor
Eva Sampson ... German dialogue coach: general assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Professor Michael Armstrong is heading to Copenhagen 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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Taglines Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le rideau déchiré (France)
  • Cortina rasgada (Spain)
  • Cortina esquinçada (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Raztrgana zavesa (Slovenia)
  • Σχισμένο παραπέτασμα (Greece)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Alfred Hitchcock was so unhappy with this film that he decided not to make a trailer with his appearance in it. See more »
Goofs When Professor Armstrong is on the boat, the heater aboard ship is broken, and the close-up of the thermometer shows it is freezing - yet it spite of the fact that he and all the extras are wearing heavy coats, their breath yields no steam, which would have been profuse at that temperature. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Earthquake (1974). See more »
Soundtracks Torn Curtain (Main Title) See more »
Quotes Professor Gustav Lindt: I forbid you to leave this room!
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