Sabotage

… A bomb plot … A killing … Justice
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 9, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Reel Vault
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 5,358
Rating: B+ -- One of Hitchcock's best British thrillers, Sabotage contains a controversial sequence set on a bus that even the director was conflicted about. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Jul 25, 2012
Rating: 4/5 -- We won't tell you what happens. That would be to cheat Mr. Hitchcock of his just reward, but it is a warning what you may expect -- which, as is the way of all Hitchcock melodramas, is the unexpected. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
Sabotage is possibly Hitchcock's most viscerally effective pre-Hollywood film. And yet it is not remembered half as warmly as some of his other films from that period. Full Review
The Young Folks
Apr 16, 2015
Rating: B -- Perhaps the best of the thrillers Alfred Hitchcock made in Britain before coming to the States. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dec 7, 2003
The individual genius of Hitchcock is very clearly shown in the distinctive and original direction. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Jan 22, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- Early Hitchcock soundie still stylish, still grabs
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 23, 2004
A finely handled English thriller about a London anarchist ring. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 1, 2019

Product Description:

Based on Joseph Conrad's SECRET AGENT, this thriller is about a woman who suspects that her kindly husband may actually be a dangerous foreign agent. Hitchcock creates an atmosphere of claustrophobic fear while depicting a mysterious conspiracy to blow up Londoners in the places they gather. Behind the suspense premise, one can imagine Hitchcock enjoyed unfolding this story in front of his captive theater-bound audiences.

Plot Synopsis:

Alfred Hitchcock once said suspense is like a bomb: The audience knows it's about to go off, but there's nothing they can do about it. (He also said, "There's no terror in the bang--only in the anticipation of it.") In this film, the director puts that simile to good use. Shy and unhappy Sylvia Verloc (Sylvia Sidney) runs a small movie theater with her brooding husband, Karl (Oskar Homolka). Her young brother Stevie (Desmond Tester) lives with them and runs errands. Next door to the theater is a grocery where the charming and inquisitive clerk Ted Spencer (John Loder ) works. Ted gets to know and care for Mrs. Verloc, revealing that he is a Scotland Yard detective investigating Carl for his part in a criminal conspiracy and confirming the wife's nagging suspicions about her husband. As discovery and arrest approach, Carl assigns the unknowing young Stevie the errand of delivering a package containing a bomb. The torturously tense sequence that follows is among the most memorable in cinema history.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 1936.
  • Hitch onscreen: Hitchcock appears as a customer at a ticket counter.
  • The Brazilian government banned the film as a threat to public order.
  • Robert Donat was meant to play the detective, but Alexander Korda refused to release the actor to Hitchcock.
  • Hitchcock is said to have ordered the expensive construction of the trolley line, used for only a brief period in the film, in order to impress American production companies.

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  • UPC: 644827295920
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