1942, Mystery and thriller, 1h 48m27 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for Saboteur
To put it mildly, Mr. Hitchcock and his writers have really let themselves go. Melodramatic action is their forte, but they scoff at speed limits this trip.
[Saboteur] will keep audiences sitting upright.
Here again is Alfred Hitchcock the screen's supreme master of suspense.
It doesn't really work this time, perhaps because of the weaknesses of the stars and the shapelessness of the chase plot, but there are wonderful asides on the equivalence of patriotism and paranoia and on the erotic fascination of guilt.
Saboteur's ingredients are not uncommon, but Master Hitchcock deals them out in a sinister manner that makes them appear so.October 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Soldiers on patrol behind cafeteria workers, Fascist-sympathizing terrorists deeply embedded in small towns and big cities, and the chilling crackle of hectic radio warnings set a tone of ambient menace.October 26, 2015 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Saboteur
Jan 19, 2021Plays like an early draft of "North by Northwest". There are scenes that are little too earnest and sentimental but I think Hitchcock had to let those happen to get away with the more cynical material (i.e. the blatant distrust of any authority) and the weirder gags.Alec B Super Reviewer
May 29, 2017Perhaps the most disappointing Hitchcock film. Some of plot points are preposterous andRobert Cummings can't carry the movie. Despite the bad there are some classic Hitchcock set pieces (Statue of Liberty) and images.Aldo G Super Reviewer
Mar 09, 2017Far from essential Hitchcock, "Saboteur" is another jaunt through the director's favored "wrongly accused" scenario. The film was shot during wartime, so naturally the central crime is in a related sphere, allowing the script to slide in a patriotic speech here and there. Robert Cummings is accused of bombing the aircraft factory where he works, framed by the young Norman Lloyd (remember him on "St. Elsewhere," decades later?) in his feature-film debut. This leads to an erratic hitchhiking trip across the country, full of bizarre episodes (I'm guessing this is the only Hitchcock film with Siamese twins in its cast) and implausible transitions. Eventually, a high-society ring of terrorists emerges. Cummings' love interest is one Priscilla Lane, who can roam the roads for days without showering or a clothing change and yet sustain immaculately styled hair. Otto Kruger steals the movie as a slick, subtle villain who never drops his charming smile and speaks only in subtext. The climactic confrontation atop the Statue of Liberty is a classic Hitchcock scene, but not enough to save the film.Eric B Super Reviewer
Mar 28, 2016Another decent piece of American propaganda made by Hitchcock during WWII following his Foreign Correspondent - and certainly a more consistent film than that one -, despite some trouble with pacing and the fact that for about every two or three hits, there is a miss.Carlos M Super Reviewer
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