Torn Curtain

Torn Curtain

DVD - 2006
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"World-famous American scientist Michael Armstrong, and his fiancee/assistant, Sarah Sherman, travel to Copenhagen for a physics conference. When Sarah mistakenly intercepts a message meant for Armstrong, she believes that he is secretly defecting to East Germany. Or is he? As Armstrong goes undercover to glean top-secret information, the couple find themslves running for their lives from enemy agents"--Container.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2006
ISBN: 9781417058945
1417058943
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 8 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's Torn curtain

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Derringer
Nov 22, 2018

I think that even a highly reputable director like Alfred Hitchcock is entitled to produce a bona fide misfire every once in a while in his career.

And, I'd say that 1966's "Torn Curtain" was, indeed, just that - A misfire.

To me both leading actors Paul Newman and Julie Andrews were completely unconvincing and clearly miscast for their parts.

It was especially Newman as the brilliant physicist, Michael Armstrong who had me laughing out loud at his pretentious portrayal.

All-in-all - "Torn Curtain" was a total waste of time.

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ManMachine
Sep 28, 2018

You know, I think that a much more fitting title for this ridiculously over-dramatized piece of cinematic fluff would've been "A 'Pi' In Your Eye."

Released in 1966 - Torn Curtain would mark director, Alfred Hitchcock's 40th year in the film-making business. And (IMO) this film's trite and tiresome plot-line really showed it.

Following Torn Curtain's release, Hitchcock would go on to direct 3 more feature films before finally retiring due to his failing health.

Anyway - Not only did I find light-weight actor, Paul Newman to be completely miscast as the brilliant physicist, Michael Armstrong - But, this film's last straw was trying to pass off Mary Poppins.... Oops! - I mean, Julie Andrews as the story's femme fatale. That, to me, was just too laughable for words.

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Twiggzette
Apr 18, 2018

The best part of this movie was the brilliant theme music by John Addison. Julie Anderson is totally unfit for the role she plays (despite Hitchcock's obsession with her). Paul Newman soldiers on admirably in what has become to be thought of as one of Hitchcock's greatest clunkers. This film is a pathetic remnant of the genre of "Cold War Paranoia" films.

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akirakato
May 20, 2016

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1966, this American political thriller stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews.
Set in the Cold War, an American scientist Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and his fiancee-assistant Sarah (Julie Andrews) travel to Copenhagen for a physics conference.
When Sarah mistakenly intercepts a message meant for Armstrong, she believes that he will secretly defect to East Germany.
Or will he?
When Armstrong gets top-secret information, the couple find themselves running for their lives from enemy agents in this action-packed thriller.
It is definitely an entertaining piece that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

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