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  • Actors: Sara Allgood, Frank Atkinson, Joyce Barbour, Arnold Bell, Matthew Boulton
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Leisure Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640V7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Customer Reviews

I think I agree with him, though some critics think it is perfect the way it stands.
Christopher Gooch
[Undercover operatives should never be part of official operations.] Ted returns to question Mrs. Verloc.
Acute Observer
Needs a few viewings to truly appreciate it, but that seems to be the way with most HITCHCOCK movies.
RICK AND OLLY

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful old film, one of Hitchcock's most terse. Terrific acting, simple clean plot but POOR DVD transfer; grainy image and very thin audio. Avoid this until someone releases a better print. So far so bad with the HITCHCOCK COLLECTION.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Released in 1936, SABOTAGE is a first class example of what makes Alfred hitchcock the master of suspense. As a die hard fan of Hitchcock, I will admit that I originally bought this film on the bargain shelf to complete my collection. After one viewing I had an new favorite Hitchcock film. The plot is simple...London is being hit with acts of sabotage and the police suspect the owner of a small movie theater is responsible.An undercover agent tries to get information from the mans unsuspecting wife. The plot may be simple but the complex emotions that are revealed as the story progresses are not. Sylvia Sydney is outstanding as the wife and does an outstanding job in her portrayal of a woman whos entire world is crumbling around her, and she often does it without uttering a single word. Hitchcock is known for the style of his movies and trust me, this movie is one of his most stylish. Student filmmakers should be required to watch this movie to learn how to create suspense and intrigue. If you have ever seen and loved a Hitchcock movie, watching this movie will show that his unique sense of emotion and humor was fully intact even in his earlier films. I will end this by just saying...WATCH this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on January 5, 2009
Format: DVD
This moody thriller from Hitchcock's British period blends a somber and tense storyline with a budding romance borne from circumstance; something that would become a staple of his American films. While it may be just a tick below "39 Steps," "The Lady Vanishes," and "Young and Innocent" from the same period, it isn't far behind.

One of the reasons it reaches the level it does is the lovely Sylvia Sidney. She is simply fantastic as a girl in a dangerous and somber situation whose smile ignites the screen every single time it happens. She is married to Oscar Homolka who seems harmless enough but in fact is a saboteur.

British police are hot on his trail and as Ted (John Loder) tries to discern whether Sidney is involved or just an innocent bystander, he falls in love with the sweet girl who takes movie tickets and cares for her little brother Stevie.

The audience falls for Sidney too in this film based on Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent. The photography of Bernard Knowles adds atmosphere and tension to some truly exciting moments in Charles Bennet's screenplay. The film starts slowly but gradually draws the viewer in because they care about Sidney.

When the sabotage escalates to a bomb intended for Picadilly, Sylvia's husband uses young Stevie to deliver it. But he is delayed and the viewer is on the edge of their seat watching the clock tick down while Stevie rides the double-decker, the outcome very much in doubt. Sylvia's fate will be in doubt also as an impulsive act will have Ted trying to shield her from the consequences because he loves her.

This film has been in need of a quality release for a number of years, and is finally getting one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Gooch on December 26, 2005
Format: DVD
Based on the novel The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, this early Hitchcock film is about Mr. and Mrs. Verloc who own a movie theater. They live in a house attached to the theatre with Mrs. Verloc's little brother, Stevie.

The movie opens with the power in London going out. People are screaming. In a quick cut to the power supply place, we learn that it must be sabotage done with sand. Then it's cut to the movie theatre where Mrs. Verloc is trying to keep the patrons down in the candlelight, telling them they can't afford to give their money back. Mr. Verloc sneaks past, without her seeing him.

Upstairs in their house, Mr. Verloc washes his hands off and we see the sand in the bottom of the sink. The movie progresses from there as we learn of Mr. Verloc's sabotage and his orders to put a bomb on Picadilly Street. Because he's being closely watched by a Scotland Yard detective posing as the next-door vegetable store owner, Mr. Verloc sends Stevie to drop the "package" (bomb) off in a cloak room at Picadilly Street.

We watch Stevie in horror...

One of the best scenes of the movie is when Mrs. Verloc picks up the carving knife at the dinner table and we see her anger rising against her husband. The whole scene lasts perhaps a minute or so, but is completely silence. There is no conversation, just superb acting.

Oscar Homolka, who plays Mr. Verloc, is an excellent actor, just sometimes hard to understand because of his accent. Sylvia Sidney, in the role of Mrs. Verloc, demonstrated her superb acting ability in this tough role.

Hitchcock has always regretted the scene where we watch Stevie carrying the package (or bomb) throughout the city as it built up the suspense to a tremendous level before a huge let-down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RICK AND OLLY on January 22, 2006
Format: DVD
Bit slow to begin with, but the pace improves as the movie goes on. Poor Stevie didn't deserve to get blown up, but sadly if he hadn't have been the movie would not have had the impact that it did. Needs a few viewings to truly appreciate it, but that seems to be the way with most HITCHCOCK movies.

My main complaint is that the overall picture and sound quality of the movie is very poor. I realise that the movie is 70 years old at the time of writing, but if it's been around this long, it's fair to assume it'll be around for another 70, so why doesn't somebody put up some money and restore it! And while ther'e at it, why not do the rest of his early (British) catalogue
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