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Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | | Thriller | 11 August 1966 (UK)
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.

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Professor Michael Armstrong is heading to Copenhagen to attend a physics conference accompanied by his assistant-fiancée Sarah Sherman. 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 US government canceled 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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Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!] See more »

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11 August 1966 (UK)  »

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Cortina rasgada  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1966
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Norman Lloyd, Universal wanted Henry Mancini to do the score, so it pressured Alfred Hitchcock not to hire Bernard Herrmann. See more »

Goofs

The message Professor Armstrong writes out in the bathroom stall, "Contact Pi . . . " does not match up with the letters underlined on p. 107 of the book, the source of the coded message. 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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Connections

Referenced in Plotting 'Family Plot' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437)
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the restaurant
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Film with potential falls short.
3 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film looks as if it had potential but seems to miss the mark. The story of an American scientist (Paul Newman) who is supposedly defecting to East Germany is engaging and is now dated. Newman's performance is capable. Julie Andrews who plays Newman's wife is mediocre at best - there just isnt much of a character to develop here. As far as a Hitchcock signature on the movie - the death of the policeman, "Grommek" is the highlight of the movie. The films turns into a harrowing escape adventure from East Germany. Finally, the things that disappointed me are the vastly cheap rear-projection that was used in making this film. And finally, the decision to scrap Bernard Herrmann's score and replace it was another composer could have made the film more exciting.


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