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788 Ratings


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1942
Mystery, Thriller


Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

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Saboteur Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Critics reviews

The final scene, atop the Statue of Liberty, features a moment of pure, nightmarish horror, yet Hitchcock leavens the shock with a comically surreal triviality: at a time of war, life hangs, more than ever, by a thread.
October 26, 2015
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  • chanandre's rating of the film Saboteur

    [Philip, a blind man, explains to Patricia why he believes Barry is innocent] Phillip Martin: Don't you know I can see a great deal farther than you can? I can see intangible things. For example, innocence. > this quote continues to hunt me down.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Saboteur

    Every (in)conceivable plot device is thrown into this diverting stew, in fact the only question remains: where is Scooby Doo in all this? Despite having higher standards where Hitchcock’s work is concerned, this falls short, but that doesn’t damn it - it’s perfectly enjoyable - just sidelines it in favour of his much superior fare. Since it plays more like North by 39 Steps, you’re not missing much if you skip it.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Saboteur

    Hugely enjoyable low-key Hitchcock thriller with the usual mastery evident throughout the search for the saboteur. The expressionist lighting, the scene in the aircraft factory oozing with evil, the magic of the studio scenes, as well as some remarkable set pieces enhance the tropes of appearance inversions, all orchestrated with craftmanship and wit to make this an enthralling experience.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Saboteur

    While Saboteur isn't quite North By Northwest (more like North By Northwest jr.) it's got plenty going for it. The Statue of Liberty sequence of course as well as the circus car scene. Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings work well together and Hitchcock's direction certainly didn't hurt.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Saboteur

    A little rough around the edges, and a bit overwritten with strangely passionate and naive characters. Still, this tale of a wrong man who finds himself under terrible circumstances showcases a lot of the themes, directorial style, and imagery that Hitchcock would later hone and make unforgettable. Minor Hitch, but essential to his canon.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Saboteur

    The Statue of Liberty scene, as well as the confusing bedlam that ensues when an actual gunfight breaks out during a film's gunfight in a theatre auditorium, are two of the most creative set-pieces Hitch ever unfurled. It's too bad the rest of the movie is so cold and contrived. The propagandist elements don't help it, either.

  • P D Dawson's rating of the film Saboteur

    I'm surprised by the low average rating given on Mubi for this film, as I personally loved it. Recently I've been working through the Hitchcock films that have passed me by, and this one I thought was an absolute gem. Not only is there a lot of tension built into it, there is also a noir-like quality to it, which presumably would have influenced the genre, rather than to have been influenced by it. Brilliant!

  • A47's rating of the film Saboteur

    By 5 minutes in, with just a handful of images and happenings, Hitchock casually introduces 2 complex conflicts, a host of intriguing characters and one thrilling mystery. Impressive filmmaking, excellent themes and a good story, but perhaps not the most genuine performances or authentic emotion. An altogether good movie, but the first 5 minutes are flat-out brilliant. Susie: best baby-role ever.

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