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as Her Husband
as Her Young Brother
as Supt. Talbot
as A.S. Chatman
as Studious Youth
as Miss Chatham's Daughter (uncredited)
as Miss Chatham - The Professor's Daughter (uncredited)
as Cinema Patron Who Wants His Money Back (uncredited)
as Mrs. Jones - Cook (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Sabotage
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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.
Sabotage is possibly Hitchcock's most viscerally effective pre-Hollywood film. And yet it is not remembered half as warmly as some of his other films from that period.
One of Hitchcock's best British thrillers, Sabotage contains a controversial sequence set on a bus that even the director was conflicted about.
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Audience Reviews for Sabotage
Hitchcock knows how to combine an espionage plot with humor, and this film can also be very tense (especially in a key scene of a boy carrying a package throughout the city and on a bus), even if it is not always so effective and suffers a bit from some weak narrative choices.
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.
Not one of Hitchcock's best, but still an entertaining and thrilling ride. I recommend this to any Hitchcock fan. It has a lot the same elements that make his later films unforgettable, only this film doesn't capitalize on them.
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