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dombrewer

This odd thriller sits uncomfortably next to the great Hitchcock thrillers of two years previous and two years after (Rear Window and Vertigo respectively), given it shares a lot with both- lovely camera work, Jimmy Stewart in the lead, and another fantastic Bernard Hermann score- perhaps one of the best. It's a shame the plot is so weak by comparison, or that we have to watch Doris Day singing all of "Que Sera Sera" twice. The Albert Hall sequence is famous, but oddly pedestrian... we wait, like the gunman, for the moment to arrive and thoughts begin to creep in...

Why do we care about this rotund foreign prime minister? How in earth is the gunman going to accurately hit his target from that distance with a tiny handgun? There must be easier ways to assassinate someone than with 5000 potential witnesses. A cymbal crash won't actually be louder than a bullet will it? Is Doris just going to stand there crying for the entire sequence?

After that it all gets sillier, the finale baffingly prosaic followed by a misjudged coda. For all that there's a lot to enjoy- Hitch is still in full control but the material seriously lets him down
11 years 9 months ago
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DisneyStitch

After watching half a dozen Hitchcock films you get the kind of flavor that he had as a director. This particular film by him comes off as just... flat footed is the best word I can come up with. The dialog isn't quite up to par and the Stewart/Day coupling doesn't have any pop to it. Nothing even close to the relationships that Hitchcock masterfully crafted in say Rear Window or even Vertigo for that matter. Not a terrible movie but it gets a bad rep because Hitchcock has set the bar unbelievably high.
8 years 6 months ago
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SLionsCricket

Fails to capture the magic of other Hitchcock films (excluding his four giant masterpieces) For eg: The 39 Steps does a much better job at its story than this does of it. However, Stewart's performance is fantastic and the usual level of Hitchcock suspense, though not fully built, is enough to make this a decent but somewhat forgettable film even if the song isn't!
10 years 10 months ago
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jktomas

It surprises me when I enjoy a movie so much, but then I find out it has kind of a bad rep.
I thought it was masterfully done from beginning to the end, every actor and acress were perfect and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I had a great time and I'm going to watch it again someday soon. I don't know what else to say other than GO WATCH IT, especially if you're Hitchcock's or Jimmy's fan obviously.
By the way, the ending was funny, I loved it.
11 years 5 months ago
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dantheman89

I thought it was pretty good. Of course not on par with the big Hitchcock movies like Psycho, Vertigo or Rear Window but not nearly as bad as people make it sound like. Color/Cinematography is very neat and so is the acting. Some things have not aged well at all (Jimmy Stewart forcing Doris Day to have some pills and a million little lines like "in school they call it the dark continent" that make you go "oh boy") - but that caused us having a field day laughing.
It could have used a tighter edit - 2h is too long, 90min would have been plenty.
Overall: B+
4 years 7 months ago
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Siskoid

A rather awkward Hitchcock. Its pacing is all over the place, with its sluggish vacation in Marrakesh sequences and post-actual-climax action, and its moments of physical comedy are at odds with the its status as a thriller. Its alarming over-use of rear projection is as distracting as Doris Day singing "Que Sera, Sera" (a contemporary distraction based on familiarity, since this is the film the song was written for!). So I completely understand why a lot of fans don't particularly like this one. However, there's just so much here I wouldn't do without. The creepy murder in Marrakesh, Doris Day's stellar performance as a distraught mother who is nowhere as weak as her husband thinks she is, Jimmy Stewart trying to feed her pills, the staging of the assassination at the Albert Concert Hall, the way Hitchcock deconstructs how music works in a suspense story... Uneven, but still has some iconic elements beyond its much-borrowed title.
9 years ago
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George Bailey

Underrated!!!!
13 years 5 months ago
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ChrisReynolds

The scene of the Albert Hall assaination attempt during the orchaestral song is classic Hitchcock suspense, but the rest of the film is just... well, it's fine but Hitch made much better. The villains in this are pretty useless. The script was being completed as it was being shot which probably accounts for some of the problems.
7 years 8 months ago
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mi-16evil

Big, beautiful and stupid.

The only good thing about this film is the Albert Hall sequence.
11 years 10 months ago
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Earring72

Enjoyable thriller bit very silly plot. Looks great, lots of thrills and Day and Stewart are perfect
3 years 3 months ago
Sellaro's avatar

Sellaro

Bad screenplay. Terrible ending.
12 years 5 months ago
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Jumping Elephant

No improvement with the screenplay from the original, but it's still better than its predecessor... mostly because of technological improvements. Also, I have to weigh in on the ending. I thought it was definitely silly, but not necessarily bad. Kind of amusing actually.
12 years 2 months ago
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psdantonio

talk about getting no love.
12 years 12 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

nice remake

http://beyond1001movies.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/backtrack-the-man-who-knew-too-much-1956/
10 years 1 month ago
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