Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 16, 1940
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent features a winning combination of international intrigue, comic relief, and some of the legendary director's most memorable set pieces.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Hitchcock's espionage thriller is a thoroughly enjoyable affair, complete with some of his most memorable set pieces.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

It's such an entertaining film that it's almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point.

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Variety Staff

Story is essentially the old cops-and-robbers. But it has been set in a background of international political intrigue of the largest order.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Creative Hitchcock thriller mixes fun, spectacular set pieces and political depth.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

It doesn't always proceed as smoothly as some of Hitchcock's best films, but it is never anything less than grandly entertaining.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A fitfully crackerjack picture with astonishing mise-en-scène...some memorable set pieces to take advantage of same, and flashes of Hitchockian wit... [Criterion Blu-ray/DVD]

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Amusing enough, with a great cinematography and memorable set pieces, this is a passable film even with those irritating flaws that have become now the worst… More
Devon Bott
Alfred Hitchcock's tale of foreign intrigue and reversible windmills centers around John Jones (Joel McCrea), a maverick crime reporter whose editor feels… More
Chris Weber
It's fascinating watching war time dramas made during that particular war time, especially when it's from the 40s. Hitchcock once again delivers… More
Melvin White
Johnny Jones: I came 4,000 miles to get a story. I get shot at like a duck in a shooting gallery, I get pushed off buildings, I get the story, and then… More
Pierluigi Puccini
If it wasn't for the corny propaganda... But anyway a great little thiller with some impressive set pieces. Hitchcock didn't need an overly… More
Graham Jones
A really entertaining film. Hitchcock blends comedy and suspense along with amazing sets to create his masterpiece propaganda film.