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Sabotage (1937)

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Oskar Homolka plays a London movie-theatre owner who maintains a secret life as a paid terrorist. Homolka's wife Sylvia Sidney doesn't suspect Homolka of any wrongdoing, but she's picked up enough second-hand information about her husband's activities to arouse the interest of government agent (John Loder). Posing as a grocer, Loder moves next door to the Homolkas, befriending Sidney and her precocious young brother Desmond Tester. Sensing that he's being watched, Homolka sends Tester out to

Oct 7, 2003

Scott Entertainment

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We won't tell you what happens. That would be to cheat Mr. Hitchcock of his just reward, but it is a warning what you may expect -- which, as is the way of all Hitchcock melodramas, is the unexpected.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One of Hitchcock's best British thrillers, Sabotage contains a controversial sequence set on a bus that even the director was conflicted about.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Early Hitchcock soundie still stylish, still grabs

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Perhaps the best of the thrillers Alfred Hitchcock made in Britain before coming to the States.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Sabotage

For some reason, this seems to be one early Hitchcock film that is either underrated or overlooked period. That's a real shame in both instances, because this is one that is really quite something, and deserves a lot more attention and respect.

A sleeper agent terrorist sets off a bomb in London on a bus. His wife is rather unsuspecting of him secretly being a bad person, but she's heard just enough info about him to arouse the suspicions of her neighbor, and undercover Scotland Yard agent. From there, it becomes a race to prevent any more attacks, complicated by a set of circumstances that are extremely suspenseful and thrilling, and just a joy to watch.

Some of this actually sounds like contemporary events, despite coming from a film from 1937 that's based on written material from maybe earlier than that. Sylvia Sidney gives a terrific performance as the wife, and the set pieces, most notably a very tense sequence involving a bomb and when it might go off just really sing and make this an oldie that is extremely worth checking out.
December 31, 2011
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Chris Weber

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It's a great joy to learn from the old master's fluid and introspective narration, managing nail-biting moments and also concentrating on his actor's facial expressions.
May 12, 2011
pier007

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This is my favourite Hitckcock movie of the thirties, I think. It's the most like his later movies. It's exciting, suspenseful, and realistic, I love it.
September 15, 2010
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