Contraband (1940)




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The Danish freighter Helvig approaches English waters in early 1940 and, in keeping with the needs of British security, it is boarded by customs and naval officials in search of contraband cargo. Her skipper, Captain Anderson (Conrad Veidt), is compelled to ascede to British demands, but dreads the delay, pointing out that the medical supplies in his cargo are vital. Anderssen is a dedicated seaman, all business, even where Mrs. Sorenson (Valerie Hobson), a headstrong passenger, is concerned. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Emeric Pressburger
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On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
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as Capt. Anderson

as Mrs. Sorenson

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as Lieutenant Commander...

as Van Dyne

as Mr. Pidgeon

as Lieutenant Commander...

as Mr. Abo

as Mrs. Abo

as Passport Officer

as Passport Officer

as 1st Brother Grimm

as 2nd Brother Grimm

as 3rd Brother Grimm

as Second Karoly

as Manager of "Mousetra...

as Taxi driver

as Bit Part (uncredited...

as Man lighting pipe
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Critic Reviews for Contraband

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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Time Out
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May 30, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Contraband

An entertaining British Spy Thriller from Powell and Pressburger which is clearly influenced by Hitchcock (The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes).
The leads Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson work brilliantly together and there's even a little bit of bondage thrown in (yes, really!)

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

Contraband is one of my favorite obscure treasures. Bolstered by quirky characters, lots of comedy, and an unlikely romance. Conrad Veidt and little known character actor Hay Petrie are given a chance to shine. There is a most unusual moment in this film, with the two tied to a pillar that is unlike anything else I've seen from this period. This movie also has some unusual pacing and you are liable to wonder what on earth is this all about for the first 40 minutes, but let go, enjoy, and stick it out. It will put you in the mood for good Viking food.


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