Saboteur

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings

Universal Studios Home Video | September 4, 2007 | DVD

Saboteur is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
Alfred Hitchcock’s exciting 1942 wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses his plant’s firebombing by a Nazi agent. During the deadly explosion, Cumming’s best friend is killed and he, himself, is wrongly accused of sabotage. To clear his name, Cummings begins a relentless cross-country chase that takes him from Boulder Dam to New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and finally, to a harrowing confrontation atop the Statue of Liberty.

Video Release: September 4, 2007

Runtime: 109

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192831225

Found in: Cops / Murder / Mysteries, General, War

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful Early Hitchcock In a Los Angeles Aircraft Factory, an act of sabotage results in a devastating fire where Barry Kane watches his friend die. Soon afterward, he finds himself accused of the crime, despite his knowledge that the fire was started by a man named Frank Frye. The chase is on as Kane flees capture, searching for clues to the whereabouts of the elusive Mr. Frye and encountering the beautiful Ms. Martin along the way. As one of Hitchcock's earlier films, you can see where he didn't have total control over the material or total confidence in his trademark genius choices. The pace and locations are excellent and the moments of suspense are masterful. The film trips up with one too many 'pro-American-life' speeches, must-have content during WWII films. The cast is excellent - Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane and Norman Lloyd, with a wonderful performance by Otto Kruger. And the locations, stretching from Los Angeles all the way to New York City make you want to go on a road trip. Classic - you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2010-01-18

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Saboteur

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings

Video Release: September 4, 2007

Runtime: 109

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192831225


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in Spanish

Synopsis

A forerunner to "North by Northwest," "Saboteur" is the story of a man falsely accused of espionage who is forced to find the true leader of a spy ring. Well-known for its famous climactic clash on the Statue of Liberty, the film carries themes later explored deeply in other Hitchcock films. The loner hero escapes and races across famous sites searching for proof of his innocence. In this time of danger, he links up with an independent woman who reluctantly helps him. The smooth villain, an anti-American arsonist/murderer, is more compelling than the romantic leads. The film is a series of explosive scenes, as the hero approaches the inner circle of agents. Among the hairpin plot twists and near misses, there are also subtleties in the story. For example, the lovers seek refuge in a train car filled with circus misfits and they are often most vulnerable in apparently safe places.

Description

Cummings stars as a man unjustly accused of sabotaging an American airplane factory in Glendale, California during WWII. He escapes the police by a daring jump off a bridge and sets out in pursuit of the real criminal. Full of quirky characters and plot surprises, this forerunner of "The Fugitive" is a Hitchcock gem famous for the climax atop the Statue of Liberty.

Notes

MCA/Universal issued the video in a new package look on May 23, 1995.
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