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Aircraft plant worker Robert Cummings is accused of sabotaging his factory and causing the death of a co-worker. Actually, Cummings is the fall guy for a clever ring of Nazi spies, headed by above-suspicion American philanthropist Otto Kruger. Our hero goes on a cross-country chase after genuine saboteur Norman Lloyd, all the while pursued himself by the police. Along the way, he acquires a reluctant "travelling companion" in the form of Priscilla Lane, who at first despises Cummings and intends to turn him over to the authorities at the first opportunity, but who gradually comes to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Of course Saboteur is well directed, though it's rather like visiting an art museum's 'early works' exhibit of an artist before he became the Master of his form."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Top-notch espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finale atop the Statue of Liberty."
‑ John Oliver,
"The movie has its enjoyable, even humorous moments, but the brooding sense of danger and fear so prominent in his other films, are more noticeably absent."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"This political thriller, Hitchcock's contribution to American propaganda during WWII, is not one of the master's top films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Another of Hitchcock's deadly mistaken-identity tales."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A thrilling movie that -- while not among the top of handful of his films -- still strikes audiences as tense and highly entertaining many decades after its release."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"...even the most avid Hitchcock fan will have a tough time embracing the film."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Propagandistic reworking of The 39 Steps still works"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A solid action thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but it has many plot flaws and suffers from poor pacing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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