A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Ben Hecht
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Devlin
Ingrid Bergman ... Alicia Huberman
Claude Rains ... Alexander Sebastian
Louis Calhern ... Paul Prescott
Leopoldine Konstantin ... Mme. Sebastian (as Madame Konstantin)
Reinhold Schünzel ... 'Dr. Anderson' (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Moroni Olsen ... Walter Beardsley
Ivan Triesault ... Eric Mathis
Alexis Minotis ... Joseph (as Alex Minotis)
Wally Brown ... Mr. Hopkins
Charles Mendl Charles Mendl ... Commodore (as Sir Charles Mendl)
Ricardo Costa Ricardo Costa ... Dr. Barbosa
E.A. Krumschmidt E.A. Krumschmidt ... Hupka (as Eberhard Krumschmidt)
Fay Baker ... Ethel
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Storyline

Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman takes to drink and men. She is approached by a government agent (T.R. Devlin) who asks her to spy on a group of her father's Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro. A romance develops between Alicia and Devlin, but she starts to get too involved in her work. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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spy | wine | german | wine cellar | nazi | See All (123) »

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The screen's top romantic stars in a melodramatic masterpiece! See more »


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Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman found the famous kissing scene quite problematic, according to Sir Alfred Hitchcock, because of the complicated blocking that needed to be remembered in the several long takes that it took to shoot it. See more »

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It is quite improbable that there are fireplaces in apartments in Rio De Janeiro. See more »

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[first lines]
[Title card]: Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six...
[reporters and photographers converse amongst themselves outside the courtroom]
Judge: Is there any legal reason why sentence should not be pronounced?
District Attorney: No, your honor.
John Huberman: Yes, I have something to say. You can put me away, but you can't put away what's going to happen to you, and to this whole country next time. Next time we are going...
Defense Counsel: [whispering] I wouldn't say any more. We'll need that for the appeal.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six.... See more »

Alternate Versions

When released in West Germany in 1951 "Weißes Gift" (White Poison), the plot was significantly changed. Instead of Nazi agents, the villains became drug-trafficking bandits. The names of the characters were also changed to avoid any reference to Nazi Germany and spying:
  • The Ingrid Bergman character was called 'Elisa Sombrapal' (as opposed to Alicia Huberman), Claude Rains was called 'Aldo Sebastini' (instead of Alexander Sebastian), Leopoldine Konstantin was referred as 'Frau Sebastini'. Similarly, Ivan Triesault was called Enrico (instead of Eric Mathis) and the E.A. Krumschmidt character (originally called Emil Hupka) was rechristened 'Ramon Hupka'.
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Carnaval, Op. 9, Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes: 'Chopin'
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Written by Robert Schumann
Performed in the distance as Alicia enters Alex's house for the first time
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Classic
28 October 2004 | by elizabethjean79See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Hitchcock movies, and was expecting Notorious to be in the same genre as North by Northwest and Charade---and I was initially disappointed. However, I watched it again and fell in love with this movie!

The plot, if you take the time to think about it, is amazing. Also, it's pretty risqué--everything about it. Bergman is absolutely superb--as is Cary Grant. Ingrid Bergman should have won an Oscar for her performance. Every line is classic and I've ended up seeing the movie three or five times. However, if you're up for a thrilling movie at home w/friends or at a party, this wouldn't be the one. I wouldn't say this is the type of movie for a romantic date either...it's in its own category where you just have to watch it with true classic film fans.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,061
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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