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Contraband (1940)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,581

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Movie Info

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
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 24, 2001
Runtime:
Kino on Video

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Critic Reviews for Contraband

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (0) | DVD (10)

The story traces the gradual erosion of the Dane's neutrality in the face of menace, but Powell's freewheeling camera can't be stilled by patriotic piety

Full Review… | November 17, 2009
CinePassion

A first-rate, cleverly photographed WWII thriller from the great pair of Powell and Pressburger.

November 5, 2003
Nitrate Online

It was strange to see Veidt in a romantic hero role.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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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!)

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