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A midperiod minor classic from Hitchcock, "Saboteur" features a number of marvelous sequences that make it instantly memorable. The sequence where Kane tries to save someone dangling from the Statue of Liberty foreshadows his later films like "North by Northwest" and even "Vertigo". The full screen presentation (for those who are interested no movies were shot in widescreen prior to the mid-50's. Widescreen was designed to couteract the effect of television)looks quite good. Universal clearly spent quite a bit of time spiffing up this black and white thriller. The transfer is quite good with solid blacks, whites and grays. The picture occasionally suffers from a bit of edge enhancement and there are occasional analog imperfections but, on the whole, "Saboteur" looks terrific. Universal has done a great job of paying tribute to Hitchcock by putting together this carefully researched and transferred disc.Read more ›
Robert Cummings is excellent as munitions worker Barry Kane, in constant danger both from the police and the bad guys, as he traces a network of saboteurs to a man named Tobin (Otto Kruger) at "Deep Springs Ranch." Tobin knows who Fry is but also knows no one will believe Kane. But as Kane narrowly escapes the police and the Nazi sympathizers he is aided by some along the way who can see he is a stand-up guy, wrongly accused.
One of those people is the blind father of Pat (Priscilla Lane), a billboard model who doesn't share her father's faith in Kane. She starts out doing everthing she can to turn him over to the police but ends up falling in love instead, and in just as much danger as he is. There is a particularly tense scene at a huge party as Kane confronts the cool and slimy Tobin but can't expose the house full of secret agents because Pat has been captured and will be killed if he does.
This film has some great moments of suspense. One such moment, is a plea for help written in lipstick from a trapped Pat, floating down a skyscraper in New York, waiting to be found. The troop of a circus sideshow play a part in the couple's plight also, as his quest to clear himself takes him from Boulder Dam to Rockefeller Center to the Statue of Liberty.Read more ›
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Wow. A sleeper thriller. Superb classic movie from the depression era. I love it!Published 2 months ago by Cowboybob
This is one of Hitchcock's best movies of suspense, Nazi spies, and danger. A must see for Hitchcock fans.Published 2 months ago by Galen Halimar
I'll join the line of reviewers who say that this is far from Hitchcock at his best, but it that has its good moments. Read morePublished 4 months ago by drkhimxz
this movie is so contemporary, watch and relate it to the koch brothers, wath and weep.Published 6 months ago by D. crawford
Saboteur isn't what I'd call a Hitchcock masterpiece but is solid none the less. It was the early '40s during WWII which Hitchcock did 3 war themed films and this was his second of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joeywoodburn
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