The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1956
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Remaking his own 1934 film, Hitchcock imbues The Man Who Knew Too Much with picturesque locales and international intrigue, and is helped by a brilliantly befuddled performance from James Stewart.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is uncharacteristically rigid and pious for Hitchcock; it feels more like a work of duty than conviction.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Even in mammoth VistaVision, the old Hitchcock thriller-stuff has punch.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Even middling Hitchcock is a cut above most thrillers.

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Variety Staff

While drawing the footage out a bit long, he still keeps suspense working at all times and gets strong performances from the two stars and other cast members.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

James Stewart is superb, and Bernard Miles and Brenda de Banzie make admirable adversaries.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a decent thriller that's ultimately saved by its stellar performances and absolutely enthralling last act.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Starting slowly amid colourful but rather superfluous travelogue-style Moroccan footage, the film improves no end as it progresses.

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Total Film

Making marvellous use of settings and locations, Hitchcock treats the viewer to superbly choreographed set-pieces.

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This version lacks some of the economy of the first, and, unusually for Hitchcock, it sags in the middle. Fortunately, there's a marked improvement as it reaches the last third.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Top notch Hitchcock film. Gotta love the Cold War if Dorris Day's in it!
Kyle Fowler
The Man Who Knew Too Much can't seem to decide whether to be a light-hearted comedy or a full-out thriller, but there are plenty of wonderful moments to be… More
Chris Weber
This is Alfred Hitchcock doing a remake of one of his own films from early on in his career, and it's an interesting choice. The original was a slick, fun… More
Lewis C.
I'm not sure why I didn't have a more enthusiastic reaction to The Man Who Knew Too Much. Hitchcock is the director that got me interested in classic… More
Graham Jones
One of my favorites from Hitchcock. Jimmy Stewart, as always, gives his all and the Vista Vision technology is used to it's fullest. Also, Doris Day puts… More
Aj V
I liked the original, but this one has Grant in it, and a cool song from Day, so I really liked it.

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