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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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


  • 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!

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


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


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