For all the positive hype I read about this film I expected more from the dialogue, directing and plot.
Grodin has a fake way of smiling where his smile is disconnected from his eyes.
I'm not going to waste any more time on writing about my disatisfaction with this film.
Hitchcock sets a simple story, by that I mean it's one story as opposed to several characters with separate stories.
There is a minimalist feel to it. The atmosphere is hermetic and authentic.
Henry Fonda stars in the film and of course he's a highly regarded actor but in this film his deadpan expressions and his monotone voice and monotone feelings are close to irritating.
Hitchcock never worked with Fonda again.
Hitchcock chose to make all of the side characters bland, it seems like it was done on purpose to make Fonda's Manny Balestrero stand out.
Hitchcock excels at minimal dialogue and he shows his mastery of moving the story and expressing feelings with cinematography.