Rent Saboteur (1942)

3.6 of 5 from 69 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
Alfred Hitchcock's exciting 1942 wartime thriller starring 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 a top the Statue of Liberty.
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Directors:
Producers:
Frank Lloyd
Writers:
Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/04/2003
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English, German
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • 'Making Of Featurette' - Saboteur: A Closer Look
  • Storyboards
  • Hitchcock Sketches
  • Art Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2013
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Russian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making Of ' Saboteur': A Closer Look
  • Storyboards
  • Hitchcock Sketches
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Saboteur

Level 2 Hitchcock is still better than most. - Saboteur review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
04/12/2012

A propaganda film made in the wake of Pearl Harbour was about the need for vigilance against Nazi spies, and the studio had small hopes for it, offering a B movie budget. So Hitch did that most remarkable thing: he made a Hitchcock film out of it.

It is more or less a remake of the 39 Steps. Robert Cummings is wrongly accused of industrial sabotage, and takes to the road in order to clear his name. His adventures take him into the heart of America, a particular highlight being an episode with a travelling circus. Some of these encounters lead to opportunities to express patriotism. Others teach us to be wary of the motives of strangers.

The finale on the top of the Statue of Liberty became quite famous. Robert Cummings does a good job as that staple of American cinema: the man who is placid in peace, but determined when under threat. A very entertaining, humorous, exciting and likeable film.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Glass half full Hitchcock is still a good film! - Saboteur review by AP

Spoiler Alert
19/10/2019

I've watched far to much Alfred Hitchcock films. In my, and many of people's opinion they are works of genius!

Looking at his extensive filmography there is still the odd guilty pleasure I have for whatever reason overlooked. Saboteur from 1942 is one such film.

A second world war thriller from during the conflict. Set in the U.S. where Brit Hitchcock was under contract by David O. Selznick by then it deals with elements that were trademark facets of some of his better known films. The innocent man being on the run, chased by lawmen trying to prove his innocence.

In this instance the innocent man is a factory worker, Barry Kane (Robert Cummings). Wrongly implicated for a fatal fire at the factory.

Whilst on the run from California to New York, Kane ends up wooing a law abiding young lady, Pat Martin (Priscilla Lane). The pair do have a screen chemistry as the film develops.

The real bad guys are like a group of terrorists in a James Bond film. Sabotaging not only the factory but a major ship launch in New York.

If you have already watched more mainstream Hitchcock such as The 39 Steps a similar film follows but with a U.S. rather than U.K. setting.

Not one of Hitchcocks best films but certainly not the worse, call it middle of the way. Glass half full Hitchcock is still good!

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