Ministry of Fear (1944)




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Movie Info

Set during the German bombing of London, this chilling film noir espionage thriller centers on mentally unstable Stephen Neale. Unjustly committed for euthanizing his terminally ill wife, Neale is thrust into a world madder than the one he experienced in the asylum after his release.

Rating: Unrated (not rated)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Seton I. Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1998
Paramount Pictures



as Stephen Neale

as Carla Hilfe

as Willi Hilfe

as Cost/Travers

as Mrs. Bellane

as Insp. Prentice

as Dr. Forrester

as Mr. Rennit

as Mr. Newland

as 1st Mrs. Bellaire

as 2nd Mrs. Bellaire

as Blind Man

as Miss Penteel

as Mr. Newby

as Dr. Morton

as Mrs. Merrick

as Lady Purchaser of Ca...

as Scotland Yard Man

as Scotland Yard Man

as Scotland Yard Man

as Scotland Yard Man

as Air Raid Warden

as Clerk in Tailor Shop

as Railway Ticket Agent

as Government Official

as English Bobby

as Police Clerk

as Man in Tailor's Shop

as Man in Tailor's Shop

as Lady with Floppy Hat

as Woman at Admission G...

as Cake Booth Lady

as Lady with Children

as Delivery Man

as Officer

as Executive
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Critic Reviews for Ministry of Fear

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Lang at his finest and purest.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fritz Lang, a master at getting the most out of mystery, intrigue and melodrama, in his direction apparently didn't have his way from beginning to end on Ministry of Fear.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

This is a wonderfully atmospheric, almost expressionistic thriller, packed with memorable moments.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Plant yourself well in a firm seat and keep your over-coat on when you go to see this thriller, for it dumps you and douses you fast.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Fritz Lang turns this into a creepily effective work, full of bravura set pieces and subtle suggestions.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
Radio Times

Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are the hallmarks of this classic film noir by master director Lang, which, until the last revelation, is guaranteed to puzzle and chill the viewer.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Ministry of Fear


Ministry of Fear is easily one of Fritz Lang's high points of the 1940s. He does a great job capturing WWII London with a dreadful mood. The chase scene in the beginning as well as the seance scene is worth it alone. The cast is good, but the set design is superb and if my senses aren't failing me I'd say that Ministry of Fear is a precursor to North By Northwest. Overall, the setup is good, the middle dwindles a bit and the last few minutes are kind of weak (with a slightly embarrassing ending) but if you can get your hands on a copy of this movie it's worth the time.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

I don't really care that the story is ridiculous, Lang directed the film beautifully (Is there any other director who used contrasting shadow and light so well?) and I like that its a WWII propaganda film, that doesn't really feel like a propaganda film . . . probably because the "heroes" and "villains" are less clearly defined than most stuff from that era.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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