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Torn Curtain

Torn Curtain

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.
Genres: Thriller
Country: United States
Year: 1966
Time: 128 min
IMDb: 6.7/10

Storyline

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.
Plot Keywords: scientist / east-germany / germany / defection / iron-curtain
Taglines: Suspense! Azione! Sorpresa! [Suspense! Action! Surprise!]
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:A | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:PG | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG (video rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:A | United Kingdom:15 (video rating) | United States:PG | United States:Approved | West Germany:16 (f)
Cast: Paul Newman , Julie Andrews , Lila Kedrova , Hansjörg Felmy , Tamara Toumanova , Ludwig Donath , Wolfgang Kieling , Günter Strack , David Opatoshu , Gisela Fischer , Mort Mills , Carolyn Conwell , Arthur Gould-Porter , Gloria Govrin , Elisabeth Alexander , Don Ames , Chris Anders , Walter Bacon , Frank Baker , Ilonka Bargel , Charles Bastin , Jack Berle , George Blagoi , John Bleifer , Robert Boon , Peter Bourne , Burt Brandon , Heinz Brinkmann , Robert Buckingham , Gudi Burwell , Barry Cahill , Linda Carol , Rico Cattani , Robert Champion , Dick Cherney , Charles Cirillo , Bud Cokes , Andrea Darvi , Hans Difflipp , Maurice Doner , Dan Dowling , Harold Dyrenforth , Horst Ebersberg , Lester Fletcher , George Ford , Walter Friedel , Ben Frommer , Lili Garner , Larry Gelbman , Kenneth Gibson , William Glover , Gino Gottarelli , Horst Graf , Winfried H. Grupe , Laurence Haddon , Sasha Harden , Joe Harris , Mischa Hausserman , Peter Hellman , Lars Hensen , Hans Heyde , Alfred Hitchcock , Robert Hitchcock , George Hoagland , Erik Holland , Jimmie Horan , Ike Ivarsen , Walter Janovitz , Kathryn Janssen , Walter Kightly , Nancy Kilgas , Danny Klega , Lidia Kristen , Manfred Lating , Max Lewin , Robert Locke Lorraine , Peter Lorre Jr. , Curt Lowens , Jan Malmsjö , Hedley Mattingly , Gitta Maynard , Norbert Meisel , Mike Morelli , Frank Oberschall , Michael Panaieff , George Perina , Murray Pollack , Paul Power , Frank Radcliffe , Gerd Rein , Marion Rensing , Leoda Richards , Gene Roth , Norbert Schiller , Maria Schroeder , Peter Scott , Britt Semand , Eddie Smith , Stephen Soldi , Owen Song , Paul Sorensen , Hermine Sterler , Norman Stevans , Lyle Sudrow , Albert Szabo , Leni Tana , Jim Taylor , Arthur Tovey , Matthias Uitz , Maya Van Horn , Eva van Oyen , Jarl Victor , Hans von Burhofer , Wilhelm von Homburg , Karen von Unge , Willem Wanrooy , Rick West , Chalky Williams , Judith Woodbury , William Yetter Sr.

Details

Company: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English , German , Swedish , Norwegian
Released Date: 11 Aug 1966 (UK)
Year: 1966
Film Location: Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark

Technical Specs

Runtime: 128 min
Soundmix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

Framescourer » A cold war thriller, although it's more 'a Hitchcock' by virtue of its technical assembly. It's also an extraordinary film for having Paul Newman and Julie Andrews, two huge stars of the time, playing against their and the director's type. Newman's understated, glowering masculinity is less suited for the director's auteuristic approach; I don't believe him as a nuclear physicist either. Andrews is too composed and sharp-witted for the co-heroine. However, both do a fine job, Newman as the action-man-on-the-run and Andrews as absorbing the chain of events into which she is thrown.

The film is a must see for those interested in the construction of a thriller upon the Hitchcock template. Techniques going out of fashion in the 50s are still employed as well as some unwitting novelties – the ballerina recognition sequence is extraordinary. Could have done without the superfluous bus-chase sequence though. 6/10
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