Torn Curtain (1966)
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A double agent has to contend with enemies on both sides of the political fence as well as the woman he loves in this thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Prof. Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is an gifted American physicist who, at the height of the Cold War, decides to defect to East Germany. To his surprise, his fiancée, fellow scientist Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews) follows him, and she soon discovers Armstrong is no traitor, but acting as a secret undercover agent. As Armstrong attempts to ingratiate himself with political and scientific factions in East Germany, Gromek (Wolfgang Kieling) becomes his guide, though Armstrong is aware he's a government agent assigned to trail him, and as he tries to shake Gromek, Armstrong realizes his new friend knows what his real agenda happens to be. Torn Curtain was one of the rare Hitchcock films from his classic era which did not feature a score by Bernard Herrman; due to objections from his studio, Hitchcock removed Herrman from the project, though excerpts from the score he had begun were included as a bonus on the film's DVD release in 2002.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
- Paul Newman
- Julie Andrews
- Lila Kedrova
- Hansjörg Felmy
- Tamara Toumanova
- Ludwig Donath
- Wolfgang Kieling
- Günter Strack
- David Opatoshu
- Gisela Fischer
Did You Know?
- In the shot in which Sir Alfred Hitchcock's cameo occurs, the music briefly changes to "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod, which is best known as the main theme for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955).
- A few snippets of dialogue in the scenes in the East German university clearly show that the extras are Americans.
- [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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In these times, with James Bonds cutting capers and pallid spies coming in out of the cold, Mr. Hitchcock will have to give us something a good bit brighter to keep us amused.
The New York Times
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