Saboteur (1942)

In this film, 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 ring of Nazi spies, headed by an above-suspicion American… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 24, 1942
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Saboteur's ingredients are not uncommon, but Master Hitchcock deals them out in a sinister manner that makes them appear so.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Wonderfully creative spy thriller, with strong point of view.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Soldiers on patrol behind cafeteria workers, Fascist-sympathizing terrorists deeply embedded in small towns and big cities, and the chilling crackle of hectic radio warnings set a tone of ambient menace.

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Emanuel Levy

This political thriller, Hitchcock's contribution to American propaganda during WWII, is not one of the master's top films.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Another of Hitchcock's deadly mistaken-identity tales.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...even the most avid Hitchcock fan will have a tough time embracing the film.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Propagandistic reworking of The 39 Steps still works

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Another decent piece of American propaganda made by Hitchcock during WWII following his Foreign Correspondent - and certainly a more consistent film than that… More
Graham Jones
A familiar theme for Hitchcock, but executed beautifully. I especially loved Otto Kruger's villainous character.
paul oh
A film that takes you on a journey towards the top of the statue of liberty! The beginning starts with an enormous fire and carries that momentum for the next 2… More
Michael Gildea
Saboteur isn't exactly up there with North By Northwest (the movie for which it can be argued that Saboteur is the blueprint) but its a damn fine effort… More
Chris Weber
This is basically a proto version of North By Northwest that is not *quite* as brilliant, sticks out as a being a little too heavy with the propaganda (it did… More
Aj V
This is a good thriller, but there are other similar movies, some directed by Hitchcock as well, that are better than this one. Still, it's exciting and… More