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Torn Curtain (1966)

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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Brian Moore
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Professor Michael Armstrong
Julie Andrews ... Sarah Sherman
Lila Kedrova ... Countess Kuchinska
Hansjörg Felmy ... Heinrich Gerhard (as Hansjoerg Felmy)
Tamara Toumanova ... Ballerina
Ludwig Donath ... Professor Gustav Lindt
Wolfgang Kieling ... Hermann Gromek
Günter Strack Günter Strack ... Professor Karl Manfred
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Jacobi
Gisela Fischer Gisela Fischer ... Dr. Koska
Mort Mills ... Farmer
Carolyn Conwell Carolyn Conwell ... Farmer's Wife
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Freddy - the Bookseller
Gloria Govrin Gloria Govrin ... Fräulein Mann (as Gloria Gorvin)
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Professor Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is heading to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend a physics conference accompanied by his assistant and fiancée Sarah Sherman (Dame Julie Andrews). Once arrived however, Michael informs her that he may be staying for awhile and she should return home. She follows him and realizes he's actually heading to East Germany, behind the Iron Curtain. She follows him there and is shocked when he announces that he's defecting to the East after the U.S. government cancelled his research project. In fact, Michael is there to obtain information from a renowned East German scientist. Once the information is obtained, he and Sarah now have to make their way back to the West. Written by garykmcd

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It tears you apart with suspense! See more »

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Trivia

The idea behind this movie came from the defections of British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean to the Soviet Union in 1951. Sir Alfred Hitchcock was particularly intrigued about Maclean's life in the Soviet Union, and about Melinda Marling, Maclean's wife, who followed her husband behind the Iron Curtain a year later with the couple's three children. See more »

Goofs

When Gromek's motorbike is unearthed, the chrome is shiny, without any soil on it. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

In the original version, various German dialogues are translated to English (i.e. at the airport). In the German version, these translations were removed. Additionally, letters written in English were replaced with letters written in German. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Saint: The Fiction Makers: Part 2 (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the ballet
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Torn Cardboard
14 December 2007 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

It may have sounded like a perfect commercial operation. Two huge box office stars, Paul Newman and Julie Andrews with Hitchcock no less, at the helm. Paul Newman and Julie Andrews have the sexual chemistry of two white slices of bread and Hitchcock didn't have Bernard Herrman at his side. In fact Hitch and Herrmann broke off their successful marriage during this production. Pity. I love Hitchcock. There is a detachment here never seen before in a Hitch flick. As if the master was tired or uninterested. Paul Newman seems in a hurry to get the hell out of there - no pun intended. Julie Andrews seems bewildered and whatever little she's ask to do it's way beneath her. Lila Kedrova comes as a welcome relief. I can't believe the ones who accused her of being over the top. Over the top? Of course she was over the top, brilliantly. I love actresses and actors who chew the scenery but are believable, moving, entertaining, hysterically funny...Bette Davis, Charles Laughton, Geraldine Page, Kim Stanley... Lila Kedrova chew the scenery but you didn't forget her and in "Torn Courtain" you were grateful for someone chewing something. I also enjoyed Tamara Toumanova in her funny self parody. Her spotting Newman at the theater was one of the highlights of this minor Hitchkock film.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 July 1966 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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