- Based on the novel "The Secret Agent" by Joseph Conrad
- NTSC Formatted (U.S.)
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Alpha Video
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Joseph Conrad's story The Secret Agent is the basis for one of Hitchcock's most intense and riveting suspense thrillers. Oscar Homolka plays Karl Verloc, a movie theater owner who, unbeknownst to his wife (Sylvia Sidney), is a saboteur planting bombs around the city. Although Verloc is clever enough to conceal his activities from almost everyone, he arouses the suspicions of government agent Ted Spencer (John Loder), and soon those of his own wife. Feeling trapped, he sends his wife's unwitting younger brother out to deliver an explosive package. In one of the film's most electrifying and suspenseful sequences, the boy is caught in rush hour traffic as the timer on the bomb ticks away.
Co-written by Charles Bennett (who also wrote Hitchcock's 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much), Sabotage features many famous Hitchcock techniques, including the use of humor alternating with scenes of gripping suspense, and the awakening of an innocent person to the evil doings of a family member.
A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.
Mr. Verloc is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs operating out of London. He manages a small cinema with his wife and her teenage brother as a cover, but they know nothing of his secret. Scotland Yard assign an undercover detective to work at the shop next to the cinema in order to observe the gang.