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A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations.
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John 'Scottie' Ferguson
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Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton
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Midge Wood
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Gavin Elster
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Coroner
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Scottie's Doctor
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Manager of McKittrick Hotel
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Pop Leibel
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Car Owner Mistaken for Madeleine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Ahdar ...
Priest (uncredited)
Isabel Analla ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Ano ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Margaret Bacon ...
Nun (uncredited)
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Salesman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Juror (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ...
Ransohoff's Saleslady (uncredited)
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Capt. Hansen (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
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Burglar (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ...
Mrs. Elster (uncredited)
Bruno Della Santina ...
Waiter at Ernie's (uncredited)
Roxann Delman ...
Ransohoff's Model (uncredited)
Harry Denny ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
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Beautician (uncredited)
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Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
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Juror (uncredited)
Joanne Genthon ...
Carlotta Valdes (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ...
Salesman (uncredited)
Roland Gotti ...
Bartender at Ernie's (uncredited)
Victor Gotti ...
Matire d' at Ernie's (uncredited)
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Policeman on Rooftop (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Stenographer (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ...
Elster's Gateman (uncredited)
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Man Walking Past Elster's Office (uncredited)
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Juror (uncredited)
Art Howard ...
Juror (uncredited)
Catherine Howard ...
Nun (uncredited)
June Jocelyn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
John Marlin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Miliza Milo ...
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ...
Patron (uncredited)
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Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Julian Petruzzi ...
San Francisco Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ...
Older Mistaken Identity (uncredited)
Kathy Reed ...
Patron (uncredited)
William Remick ...
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ...
Escort (uncredited)
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Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
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Woman in Museum Mistaken for Madeleine (uncredited)
Dori Simmons ...
Woman at Ernie's Mistaken for Madeleine (uncredited)
Ed Stevlingson ...
Inquest Attorney (uncredited)
Sara Taft ...
Nun (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

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Alec Coppel ... (screenplay by) &
Samuel A. Taylor ... (screenplay by) (as Samuel Taylor)
 
Pierre Boileau ... (based on the novel "D'Entre Les Morts" by) and
Thomas Narcejac ... (based on the novel "D'Entre Les Morts" by)
 
Maxwell Anderson ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Herbert Coleman ... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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George Tomasini

Casting By

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Bert McKay ... unit casting director (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Henry Bumstead
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Frank R. McKelvy ... (as Frank McKelvy)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Florence Avery ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Hazel Keats ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Ben Lane ... makeup artist: Miss Novak (uncredited)
Harry Ray ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Thomas ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Frank Caffey ... production manager (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus ... unit production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson ... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick ... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb ... unit production manager: San Francisco (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Daniel McCauley ... assistant director
Ralph Axness ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cy Brooskin ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman ... second unit director: San Francisco (uncredited)
John P. Fulton ... second unit director: back projection (uncredited)
Edward Haldeman ... assistant director (uncredited)
Clem Jones ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Frank Kies ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Edward Morey Jr. ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)

Art Department

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Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)
Jim Cottrell ... assistant props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Dominic Mautino ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton ... props (uncredited)
Manlio Sarra ... portrait: Carlotta (uncredited)
Fred Simpfenderfer ... nurseryman (uncredited)
Lee Vasque ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Winston H. Leverett ... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Calvin Loeser ... commentary track re-recording mixer
George Dutton ... sound (uncredited)
Nick Gerolimates ... sound cable man (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt ... mike grip (uncredited)
Jim Miller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bud Parman ... sound boom man (uncredited)
Bert Van Volkenberg ... sound battery man (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley ... process photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Paul K. Lerpae ... optical effects (uncredited)
John Whitney Sr. ... motion control designer: title sequence (uncredited)

Stunts

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Polly Burson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... stunt double: Kim Novak (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Perce ... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Earl Canter ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Coburn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Earl Crowell ... electrician (uncredited)
John Friedman ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Adolph Froelich ... best boy (uncredited)
Bobby Greene ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
James Hawley ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Warren Hoag ... electrician (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Kaifer ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley ... director of photography: back projection (uncredited)
James Knott ... camera operator (uncredited)
Lon Massey ... electrician (uncredited)
Kyme Meade ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Newman ... grip (uncredited)
John Nostri ... grip (uncredited)
Val O'Malley ... camera operator (uncredited)
H. Parsley ... grip (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Irmin Roberts ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Gus Ryden ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)
F. Steiner ... electrician (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire ... company grip (uncredited)
Paul Uhl ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Weddell ... assistant camera (uncredited)
B. Weiler ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
William Williams ... director of photography: animation (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Olive Long ... secretary: casting director (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Leonard Harris ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Roselle Novello ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Dario Piazza ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor
Leon Birnbaum ... music editor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Kathleen Fagan ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Anita Speer ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)

Other crew

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Saul Bass ... titles designer
John Ferren ... special sequence
Richard Mueller ... Technicolor color consultant
Diane Cummings ... photo double (uncredited) / stand-in (uncredited)
A. Vincent Gerty ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bill Gray ... production auditor (uncredited)
Robert A. Harris ... producer: 1996 film restoration (uncredited)
Michael Hyatt ... assistant restorationist: 1996 film restoration (uncredited)
James C. Katz ... producer: 1996 film restoration (uncredited)
Frank Kies ... auditor: San Francisco (uncredited)
Luddie Laine ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Al Peterson ... craft service (uncredited)
Art Sarno ... publicist (uncredited)
Herb Steinberg ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dolores Stockton ... secretary: Mr. Coleman (uncredited)
Connie Willis ... script supervisor: San Francisco (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Following his early retirement as a detective from the San Francisco Police Department, John Ferguson - Scottie to his friends - becomes obsessed with two women in succession, those obsessions which trouble his long time friend and former fiancée, Midge Wood, a designer of women's undergarments. The first is wealthy and elegant platinum blonde Madeleine Elster, the wife of his college acquaintance Gavin Elster, who hires John to follow her in Gavin's belief that she may be a danger to herself in thinking that she has recently been possessed by the spirit of Carlotta Valdes, Madeleine's great-grandmother who she knows nothing about, but who Gavin knows committed suicide in being mentally unbalanced when she was twenty-six, Madeleine's current age. The second is Judy Barton, who John spots on the street one day. Judy is a working class girl, but what makes John obsessed with her is that, despite her working class style and her brunette hair, she is the spitting image of Madeleine, into who he tries to transform Judy. The initial question that John has is if there is some connection between Madeleine and Judy. What happens between John and individually with Madeleine and Judy is affected by the reason John took that early retirement: a recent workplace incident that showed that he is acrophobic which leads to a severe case of vertigo whenever he looks down from tall heights. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A Hitchcock thriller. You should see it from the beginning! See more »
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Also Known As
  • From Among the Dead (United States)
  • Darkling I Listen (United States)
  • Illicit Darkening (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (United States)
  • 'Vertigo' (United States)
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Runtime
  • 128 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,479,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,486,818, 22 Nov 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia The opening title sequence designed by Saul Bass makes this the first movie to use computer graphics. See more »
Goofs When Scottie takes Madeleine out of the water, her shoe is off. When they have reached the pier, Madeleine has both shoes again. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony No. 34 in C K. 338, 2nd Movement, Andante di Molto (piu tosto allegretto) See more »
Crazy Credits The opening Paramount logo is in black and white while the rest of the film, including the closing Paramount logo, is in Technicolor. See more »
Quotes Madeleine: Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.
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