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Torn Curtain (1966)

Paul Newman , Julie Andrews , Alfred Hitchcock  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjoerg Felmy, Tamara Toumanova
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Brian Moore
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y16
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Torn Curtain Rising
  • Scenes Scored By Bernard Herrmann
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    Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in this classic tale of international espionage set behind the Iron Curtain. Newman plays world-famous scientist Michael Armstrong, who goes to an international congress of physics in Copenhagen with his fiancee/assistant Sara Sherman (Andrews). While there, she mistakenly picks up a message meant for him and discovers that he is defecting to East Germany. Or is he? As Armstrong goes undercover to glean top-secret information, the couple are swept up in a heart-pounding chase by enemy agents in this action-packed Cold War thriller.

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    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's under-valued Cold War drama July 22, 2002
    TORN CURTAIN was a film which Hitchcock never wanted to make; he still owed Universal one more film under his contract and was waiting for the right story to come along. At Universal's insistence, he made this under-valued Cold War thriller.
    Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF) is a world-famous scientist to goes to an international congress in Copenhagen with his fiancee/assistant Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews - STAR!, DARLING LILI). While there, Sarah mistakenly picks up a message meant for him and discovers that he is defecting to East Germany. Or is he? As Armstrong goes undercover to glean top-secret information, the couple are swept up in a heart-pounding chase to escape with their lives....
    Hitchcock reportedly hated working with Newman and Andrews (he did not personally cast them, they were assigned to the film by the studio). The music was provided by John Addison, although Hitchcock veteran Bernard Herrmann was originally going to provide the score.
    However, the film does have some very good scenes: the bus ride, the post office, the climactic MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH-esque ballet sequence and the fight in the cottage.
    Also starring Lila Kedrova, Tamara Toumanova, Ludwig Donath and David Opatoshu.
    The DVD includes the making-of documentary "Torn Curtain Rising", a condensed version of the film with Bernard Herrmann's original score, an art gallery and the trailer.
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    66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's Greatest Villains-- GROMEK November 21, 2001
    By A Customer
    I absolutely loved Gromek, the German agent in this film. One of the most likable villains Hitchcock ever put to film, he throws about 'Americanisms' in wonderfully broken English while smacking on a piece of gum. Very sinister and funny at the same time, and the scene of his death definitely belongs in the Hitchcock highlight reel.
    Unfortunately, as in "Psycho," this most interesting character is killed within the first half of the movie, and the rest lags afterwards. Really, really a shame...he's far more interesting than Paul Newman's character.
    If I were to rank this among Hitch's other later films, I'd say it's better than "Topaz" or "Marnie," but not as good as "Frenzy." 5 Stars, however, because nobody can touch Hitchcock.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Cold War Drama! July 9, 2004
    Amazon's own reviewer says this is one of Hitchcock's "lesser efforts"... I disagree. There are some amazing scenes in this film, gorgeous cinematography, stunning action scenes, a great chase and tension everywhere. This is not "North by Northwest" or "Vertigo".... but it is just as exciting, if not more so than "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "39 Steps" and "Rear Window". Julie Andrews is stunning and superb as the wife who does not know who her husband seems to be working for. Paul Newman is perfectly cast as the mysterious and secretive husband... and the supporting cast is incredible.... especially Wolfgang Kieling was "Gromek", the relentless and sadistic kidnapper. Real life ballerina Tamara Toumanova who dances beautifully, but who comes complete with an "evil eye" on things. Lila Kedrova whos words "Will you be my sponsor?" will haunt you long after the movie ends.... and Carolyn Conwell, who is amazing along with Paul Newman's character in the farm scene! Wow!! The DVD transfer is superb and this film is a sure winner all the way.
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    I really dont understand why this great little film which contains a superbly tense story and edge of the seat suspense is always dismissed as a disappointment.
    On the contrary it has always been a favourite Hitchcock film of mine, certainly not up to the standards of the classic "Rebecca" or even "North by Northwest', but still a tense piece of film making.
    It was Hichcock's 50th film and certainly was one of the last truly good films he directed in his illustrious career. His superb knack for creating suspence and tension is evident from the first frame and makes for a terrific piece of film making. Once the story gets going the pace and suspence never lets up as the main characters move from Norway to Copenhagen to East Berlin behind the Iron Curtain, hence the title. I feel Paul Newman and Julie first thought not an expected combination, work extremely well together and come across as a believable combination. Julie Andrews certainly doesn't have as flashy a role in "Torn Curtain" as she does in "The Sound of Music" "Thoroughly Modern Millie" or "Star" but she nevertheless handles her role of Sarah Sherman, personal secretary to the brilliant rocket scientist Professor Michael Armstrong (Newman),in a most interesting manner. Julie is always such an attractive performer and in "Torn Curtain" she gives her all in what is essentially a difficult role and one fraught with lots of unpredictable situations.
    The story line of Paul Newman's character pretending to defect to East Germany to obtain valuable information on a new secret formula from a scientist in Leipzeig might appear dated now but it makes for a very clever and fast moving story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews create good chemistry in this thriller...
    Paul Newman and Julie Andrews create good chemistry in this thriller where a scientist thinks outside the box to complete his formula.
    Published 4 days ago by Betty
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing left to prove
    By the time Hitchcock released this movie, he really had nothing left to prove. This was by far his worst film. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Tim Raths
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem!
    Nice thriller behind the Iron Curtain. Hitchcock scores again! You can't go wrong with Newman! I loved this film! Check it out
    Published 29 days ago by Shane Cawley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not up to Hitchcock's usual
    The story is definitely dated (during the cold war period between the U.S. and Russia) but is fairly entertaining and suspenseful. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Beth C
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb
    This is indeed one of the coldwar classics in the typical Hitchcock fashion. Hitchcock even holds a child in this one. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by D Severn
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching.
    As a movie per se, Torn Curtain ranks as very good. Among the magnificent works of Hitchcock, it is below average. Still, if you're a Hitchcock fan like me, this is a must-see.
    Published 3 months ago by Peter F.
    3.0 out of 5 stars definitely felt like hitchock but not a quick step
    US scientist goes to Denmark. His fiance/assistant goes along. We learn he didn't want her to come along. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by S. T. Peterson
    4.0 out of 5 stars (BLU RAY REVIEW) 3 1/2 stars for a Cold War thriller
    I believe this was Alfred Hitchcock's 50th film and while it has some interesting stylistic scenes, there are other technical aspects of the film that are glaring weaknesses. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by M. Oleson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hitch Phoned This One In
    With only an occasional Hitchcock 'touch', this is a mediocre effort. It's pretty obvious that the director is out of sorts with the entire project and only fulfilling a... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Calicokid
    4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Behind the Iron Curtain
    "Torn Curtain" is an Alfred Hitchcock film from the late 1960's. Paul Newman plays an American scientist who defects to a Cold War country, but he fails to tell his... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Ann Sherry
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