Foreign Correspondent
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Fourteen scriptwriters spent five years toiling over a movie adaptation of war correspondent Vincent Sheehan's Personal History before producer Walter Wanger brought the property to the screen as Foreign Correspondent. What emerged was approximately 2 parts Sheehan and 8 parts director Alfred Hitchcock--and what's wrong with that? Joel McCrea stars as an American journalist sent by his newspaper to cover the volatile war scene in Europe in the years 1938 to 1940. He has barely arrived in Holland before he witnesses the assassination of Dutch diplomat Albert Basserman: at least,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This film contains one of Hitchcock's most famous set pieces -- an assassination in the rain -- but otherwise remains a second-rate effort, as immensely enjoyable as it is."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Hitchcock's espionage thriller is a thoroughly enjoyable affair, complete with some of his most memorable set pieces."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's such an entertaining film that it's almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"A showcase of early Hitchcock suspense."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"highly entertaining with many great set pieces."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Story is essentially the old cops-and-robbers. But it has been set in a background of international political intrigue of the largest order."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Creative Hitchcock thriller mixes fun, spectacular set pieces and political depth."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It doesn't always proceed as smoothly as some of Hitchcock's best films, but it is never anything less than grandly entertaining."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Due to the rapidly changing political context, more writers worked on the script than on any Hitchcock thriller, but end result is satisfying (if not credible), and even Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels acknowledged the movie was a masterpiece."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hitchcock gem."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Into it Director Alfred Hitchcock, whose unmistakable stamp the picture bears, has packed about as much romantic action, melodramatic hullabaloo, comical diversion and illusion of momentous consequence as the liveliest imagination could conceive."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"While Albert Bassermann earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for a somewhat hammy turn, the best performance comes from George Sanders, atypically cast as a fearless and resourceful hero rather than the cads and scoundrels he generally played."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A fitfully crackerjack picture with astonishing mise-en-scčne...some memorable set pieces to take advantage of same, and flashes of Hitchockian wit... [Criterion Blu-ray/DVD]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...a strangely uninvolving thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Funny on purpose and that, obviously, makes all the difference in the world."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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