TORN CURTAIN (1966) C widescreen 126m dir: Alfred Hitchcock

w/Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjorg Felmy, Tamara Toumanova, Ludwig Donath, Wolfgang Kieling, Gunter Strack, David Opatoshu, Gisela Fischer, Carlyn Conwell

From The Movie Guide: "This was Alfred Hitchcock's fiftieth film and one of his least successful, despite the box-office names of Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. Michael Armstrong (Newman) is a top US nuclear physicist who defects to East Germany in order to get a secret formula in the possession of enemy scientist Gustav Lindt (Donath). Having Newman play a physicist at the peak of his sly but only semi-articulate sexiness (HUD, COOL HAND LUKE) is like having Elizabeth Taylor play Golda Meir. Putting Julie Andrews in a Hitchcock film at all, meanwhile, proves that a spoonful of sugar doesn't help the medicine go down ... in the most de-light-ful way. Dull and way too long, TORN CURTAIN is only memorable for one very shocking and brutal scene in which Armstrong and a farmer's wife (played by Carolyn Conwell) have to murder a Soviet soldier. They stab the man, choke him, and finally gas him in the kitchen stove, graphically showing just how difficult [it] can be to kill a human being."

FilmFrog agrees with The Movie Guide's assessment, but this is, after all, Hitchcock and the film is recommended here for his fans.