A Hitchcock thriller. You should see it from the beginning!

Despite its age, this film is still considered to have a great story line. This film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was first screened in 1958. Vertigo is considered to be one of a collection of classic films that was never really appreciated, so it never was given the respect it should have been given. Since then, it was restored and re-released in 1997 so audiences of today can appreciate that it is a good film.

John 'Scottie' Ferguson (James Stewart) is a member of the San Francisco police department, and it is his fear of heights that the film is based. This film starts when Scottie is chasing a criminal on some roof tops. While jumping, Scottie slips and ends up hanging from the roof of a building. His colleague tries to help him but ends getting off balance and falls to his death. Scottie survives, but is mentally scarred from the experience believing he was responsible for the accident. Having left the police force, Scottie becomes a detective and as a favour keeps an eye on an old friend's wife named Madeleine (Kim Novak). Scottie builds up an attraction for Madeleine and then life gets worse from then on as he has to face his fear again.

The fact that this is an old film may put some people off, but true film addicts (season ticket holders) will not. They will sit down, watch this film, and will have no regrets about it two hours later. There is simply no excuse for Hitchcock fans.

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Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller


Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Samuel A. Taylor


Alfred Hitchcock


James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones


Bernard Herrmann


128 minutes








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