Torn Curtain

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Torn Curtain is a 1966 film about an American scientist who publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then tries to figure out a plan to escape back to the West.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Brian Moore, Willis Hall, and Keith Waterhouse.
It tears you apart with suspense!  (taglines)

Professor Michael Armstrong

  • It takes a scientist to pick a scientist's brain.
  • I was able to combine mathematical logic with romantic inconsistency.
  • I've often wondered if you professionals know what you're looking for when you go in and steal secret papers.
  • We will produce a defensive weapon that will make all offensive nuclear weapons obsolete, and thereby abolish the terror of nuclear warfare.

Sarah Sherman

  • Against all the evidence, Michael, I'd say you had a very unscientific mind.

Heinrich Gerhard

  • [offering Armstrong a cigar] Havana. Your loss, our gain.

Countess Kuchinska

  • Don't look so worried, my darling girl. You are quite safe with me. I am not communistical.


  • Professor Gustav Lindt: You told me nothing. You know nothing. I forbid you to leave this room!
  • Prof. Olaf Hengström: Well, I hope you're looking forward to our lunch. This hotel has an excellent smorgasbord. You know, Miss Sherman, I've often wondered why one of the leading hotels in Denmark should be called the "Hotel of England" in the French language. I suppose it's the ideal title for an international hotel.
  • Farmer: [describing Armstrong's contact] You'll recognize him. He has red hair which is not his own, and his name is Hugo. But don't give him that money until after you've landed.


Professor Karl Manfred: Are they ever going to get the heating fixed?
Norwegian crewman: They are working at it, Professor. Perhaps some of you scientists would like to give us a helping hand!

Professor Michael Armstrong: Just give me five minutes with her. After all, she is my girl.
Sarah Sherman: Put that in the past tense.

Sarah Sherman: Oh, will you stop brooding?
Professor Michael Armstrong: I like to brood.

Sarah Sherman: [in bed together] You're a scientist, and you're supposed to respect a natural order in all things. Breakfast comes before lunch...And marriage should come before a honeymoon cruise.
Professor Michael Armstrong: You're on the wrong boat.

Sarah Sherman: What's your position on a July wedding?
Professor Michael Armstrong: Oh, July, August, September or October.
Sarah Sherman: Don't let me hurry you. I just don't want to be the only common-law wife on the campus.


  • It tears you apart with suspense!
  • Suspense! Action! Surprise!


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