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Torn Curtain (1966)

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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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It tears you apart with suspense! See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Herrmann wrote the original score, but Universal Pictures executives convinced Alfred Hitchcock that they needed a more upbeat score. Hitchcock and Herrmann had a major disagreement, the score was dropped and they never worked together again. 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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Connections

Edited into Earthquake (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Torn Curtain Love Theme (End Title)
Written by John Addison
Performed by The Johnny Mann Singers
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Nothing special
8 January 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

This is the last Hitchcock movie with huge stars in main roles. When you hear names Hitchcock, Paul Newman and Julie Andrews in same sentence you expect masterpiece, but you'll get just a decent thriller without bigger flaws, but which does not stand out from the average in any way. If you decide to see this film you won't be bored, but I honestly doubt that tomorrow you'll even remember what you saw. Unless you are true fan of some of the above mentioned legends, I recommend skipping it.

6/10


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