The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps (1935)

A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Packed with twists and turns, this essential early Alfred Hitchcock feature hints at the dazzling heights he'd reach later in his career.

TIME Magazine

The Thirty-Nine Steps neatly converts its essential implausihility into an asset by stressing the difficulties which confront its hero when he tries to tell outsiders about the predicament he is in.

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Variety Staff

It's melodrama and at times far-fetched and improbable, but the story twists and spins artfully from one high-powered sequence to another while the entertainment holds like steel cable from start to finish.

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph

The scene in which Mr Memory is asked at the London Palladium "What are the 39 Steps?" remains one of 20th-century cinema's most gripping moments.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

In Hitchcock's hands, however, this well-known espionage adventure provided the basis for a new sort of thriller and a new sort of comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As an artist, Alfred Hitchcock surpassed this early achievement many times in his career, but for sheer entertainment value it still stands in the forefront of his work.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

At 35, with more than a dozen features already under his belt, the director triumphed with this dazzling mixture of spycraft, banter, expository nonsense and manic chases along the Scottish Highlands.

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

Great fun.

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Eric Melin

Surprisingly fast-paced for a 1935 film, full of twists and turns, and when the unlikely couple becomes handcuffed together and are forced to pretend they are married, it really kicks into high gear. Donat and Carroll have chemistry to burn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
A few years ago I saw the stage play of this and thought it was absolutely amazing. This film, not so much. Yes it's brilliant in the way the story weaves… More
Reid Volk
This may have just reinvigorated my love of film. This case of mistaken identity thriller from 1935 is leaps and bounds better than most schlock to hit the… More
Spencer S.
A clumsy start to the directing dynasty Hitchcock would later build in America; The 39 Steps is unlike many of his other films in the way it's put… More
Matheus Carvalho
Apesar de constantemente citado entre seus mais importantes trabalhos e certamente o mais popular filme de sua fase britânica, "Os 39 Degraus" não se… More
Graham Jones
One of the most timeless films I know. This was Hitchcock's first masterpiece. Though his films got much more elaborate later in his career, all of the… More
Ross Collins
Typical man on the run Hitchcock flick. May have been great for the time, but now all we see is hammy acting and a swiss-cheese of a plot. Still it's fun… More

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