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Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | | Thriller | 11 August 1966 (UK)
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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.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Brian Moore
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Professor Michael Armstrong
Julie Andrews ... Sarah Sherman
Lila Kedrova ... Countess Kuchinska
Hansjörg Felmy ... Heinrich Gerhard (as Hansjoerg Felmy)
Tamara Toumanova ... Ballerina
Ludwig Donath ... Professor Gustav Lindt
Wolfgang Kieling ... Hermann Gromek
Günter Strack Günter Strack ... Professor Karl Manfred
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Jacobi
Gisela Fischer Gisela Fischer ... Dr. Koska
Mort Mills ... Farmer
Carolyn Conwell Carolyn Conwell ... Farmer's Wife
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Freddy - the Bookseller
Gloria Govrin Gloria Govrin ... Fräulein Mann (as Gloria Gorvin)
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Storyline

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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Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!] See more »

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Swedish | Norwegian

Release Date:

11 August 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cortina rasgada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1966
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted to cast Cary Grant in the lead role, but Grant told him he was too old. See more »

Goofs

When Paul Newman is riding on the tractor, they are clearly driving down a dirt road. When they stop, he gets off and the tractor turns around. Behind the tractor is a plowed field, not a road. 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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Referenced in The Fiction-Makers (1968) See more »

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Torn Curtain (Main Title)
Written by John Addison
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Good, but not vintage Hitch!
31 August 2014 | by dbrandoSee all my reviews

"Torn Curtain" had the promise of being like "Notorious." Spies and counter spies, no one can be trusted, defections to the East German sector, Julie Andrews in a quandary,Paul Newman burdened with secrets etc. It is all intriguing, and the death of the policeman is one of he most graphic death scenes for Hitchcock, although Psycho's offering is one in a billion.

Andrews and Newman..what a couple! But they are so bland, and often act against each other. What's going on? Newman is more experienced and so he washes Julie Andrews off the screen. Yes, he might be doing that. However, her static nature, her talk, her ordering food in restaurants (and there are many sit-down scenes in this) in this film makes for more tension as we move along, and as it turns out. Hitchcock always knows what to do with not-so-hot actors..he turns it all around on you and them, in this case Miss Andrews.

There are notable scenes,in the theater for example, and a lot of strange rear projection shots and whole studio-origin scenes that become more obvious, especially in this lurid color film. What's going on? Hitchcock hated locations, but this had a big budget..he wants, I think, to make a film that is somewhat false, scenic, derivative even..in plot structural terms,an overestimation of Communism and its threat to our materialistic world. Look at Julie Andrew's hair and clothes..very expensive, very much like Marnie. It has an anti McCarthyism mood about it, a comic book flavor to it that justifies many otherwise awkward technical moments. Hitchcock loved playing games, and he loved comic book inventiveness..this film could be a MARVEL piece, and I think it is one. Hitchcock triumphs again. During the making of this, he told people that he was sad about it all, did not like Newman too much or Andrews, hated the color photography etc etc..all of this gossip to throw critics and viewers as well way off the track. And the soundtrack!!! Isn't it lush for this kind of drama?

See this film at 132 minutes, very long, and watch the antic disposition of a master at work. It is a very underrated film.


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