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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This film is more impressive for the time when it was written than for its qualities as a film alone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Connie R
Story about sabotage in London during the 1930s. The plot is rather weak and quite predicable, and the dialogue difficult to understand. No closed-captioning.Published 10 months ago by Loyd Eskildson
This 1936 film by Alfred Hitchcock is based upon Joseph Conrad’s short novel, The Secret Agent. Hitchcock takes some liberties with Conrad’s novel and develops an odd romance that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Collins
SABOTAGE IS ALFRED AT HIS BEST..SYLVIA SYDNEY IS FANTASTIC AS A WOMAN BETRAYED AND ALFRED CAREFUL DIRECTION AND ATTENTION IS QUITE APPARENT IN SYLVIA'S METAMORPHOSIS FROM A CLOSED... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by jimi
Sabotage is a film that was made in 1930s but could easily be made into a blockbuster today. The central issue is terrorism which, in today's society, is a hot topic. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Suzanne Lewis
There's no question that Alfred Hitchcock is a master film director, seeing as how a movie this old can hold up decently in 2011. Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Zachary Koenig
This film shows how good Hitchcock was even in his early films. The suspense is palpable, especially when the boy is carrying the bomb. Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Israel Drazin
Not to be confused with The Saboteur, Hitchcock's first American-made motion picture. The motion picture Sabotage is very loosely based on Joseph Conrad's short novel The Secret... Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by TomCZorn
Early Alfred Hitchcock thriller, set in late 1930s London. A Scotland Yard detective posing as a fruit stand salesman, is casing this small London theater, watching this man who... Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Critic's Corner