- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 7, 2006
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: Universal Studios
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Snap Case With Slip Sleeve
Dual - Single Sided
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - French
- Subtitles - English (SDH)
- Subtitles - Spanish
Additional Release Material:
Trailer - Theatrical Trailer
- TORN CURTAIN RISING
- SCENES SCORED BY BERNARD HERMANN
- Production Notes
- Stills/Photos - Production Photographs
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
World-famous scientist Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and his fiance/assistant, Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews), 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 themselves running for their lives from enemy agents in this action-packed thriller.
When Sarah Sherman learns that her once-patriotic fiancé--a physicist--has defected to communist East Germany, she cannot believe it. And she's right: He's gone undercover in an attempt to obtain classified military information. Unfortunately, Sarah is determined to find answers to her questions, so she follows him behind the Iron Curtain, involving them in espionage and danger.
Theatrical Release |
- Hitchcock cameo: The director appears in the hotel lobby holding a baby.
- Paul Newman had established his animal sexiness in HUD and COOL HAND LUKE before shifting gears to play the restrained physicist in TORN CURTAIN.
- Julie Andrews, though blonde, was a departure from Hitchcock's standard leading lady, typified by Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Tippi Hedren, and Grace Kelly.
- According to François Truffaut's book on Hitchcock, Hitchcock experimented with lighting in this film; he aimed the lights against white walls and covered the camera with gray gauze in an attempt to get a "natural" instead of a "studio" look.
- Since MARNIE, Hitchcock's previous film, was a commercial flop, executives at Universal chose the stars for TORN CURTAIN. Ordinarily, Hitchcock carefully handpicked his own actors.