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I felt this might have been a better movie had they put someone like Faye Dunaway in rather than Julie Andrews. To me, she didn't seem to mesh well with Newman. The movie was not bad but it felt like when Andrews was in the picture she took away from it. She was too stiff and seemed bored by it all. I like Andrews and Newman both. Mr. Newman did play convincingly and it was somewhat enjoyable to watch.
- Jeff Boston
Newman's character stretches his intellectual muscles, maneuvering to milk the desired info from the old prof in this film about oppression, one year before he starred in, and one year after Andrews starred in, very different films about oppression. The fight scene in the farm house remains riveting, and realistic, unlike the "Torn Curtain" plot, the blue eyes that always seemed to be enhanced by lighting in Hitchcock films, the love between the leads, and Kedrova's character. The only positive in keeping the Oscar winner's coffee house scenery chewing intact and not eschewed is that it memorializes the maddening plight of so many millions of freedom-seeking souls imprisoned behind the seemingly impenetrable Iron Curtain. Through the efforts of unreal hero Armstrong, the curtain of cutthroat communism was torn. Through the efforts of real hero Reagan, it was torn down.
- Michael Whitty
Hitchcock's 1966 "Torn Curtain" is a good entry into the cold war suspense as we see Paul Newman and Julie Andrews get involved with East German communists to hand over secrets in order to bring back secrets to the west. It's a false defection and to get back to Sweden takes some doing to outwit the commies. The 60s were full of cold war mishmash and which side ends up winning out can get to be suspenseful. Hitchcock plays the game nicely as he has his two stars needing help from many to get back safely.
- Don Letta
This film has the look of exactly what it is; the tired effort of a tired director. Pale green in color, unconvincing, and containing possibly the worst case of overacting in the history of film (the coffee shop, with Ms. Kedrova aiming for an Academy Award nod and missing the mark on all counts). Mr Hitchcock should have had this completely edited out and reshot the scene sans Ms. K. He should also have retired immediately after finishing Topaz (which I liked), and left behind a cache of excellent work. Unfortunately his last works lend a tinge of hubris to his reputation. The worst in my opinion, is Frenzy; a mess of a film filled with ugly people, and lots of evidence of "70's slasher film one-upsmanship.
Some people have written this film off way too quick instead it is one of the most underrated movies of all time.
For all the talent involved, it stinks!
- Bruce Reber
"Torn Curtain" is Alfred Hitchcock's 50th film, and while it doesn't rank with his greatest like "Psycho", "Vertigo", "Rear Window" etc., it is a suspensful and well-acted thriller made during the height of the Cold War. My favorite scenes in the film are Armstrong and the farmer's wife trying to kill Gromek, Armstrong and Sarah on the bus with members of the underground organization Pi riding to Berlin, and the ballet performance when Armstrong jumps up and yells Fire enabling him and Sarah to escape in the resulting hysteria (Hitchcock's use of a timeless cliche). In "Torn Curtain" Hitchcock portrays the villains (East Germans) with a touch of humor and humanity. I have heard that Bernard Herrmann was originally to have scored and conducted the music, but that Hitchcock and Herrmann had a falling out, so "Torn Curtain" was his 50th and also first film in over a decade (except "The Birds") without Herrmann's music.