Vertigo

Release Date: May 28th, 1958

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Hitchcock's romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl he was hired to follow. He sees a double of the girl, causing him to transform her image onto the dead girl's body. This leads into a cycle of madness and lies.

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Suspenseful , 1950s , Deception , Pursuit , Friend , Rescue , Investigation , Wife , Hotel , Gripping , Police officer , Mystery , Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    From the very first images of Saul Bass' credit sequence, the whorls and patterns revolving in darkness, the huge eye bathed in red, the movie lets us feel the heartbeat and divided soul of its hero. And its creator. It is a movie about desire, darkness and the pull toward destruction. Most of all, it is about impossible love and overwhelming fear--conveyed with consummate control and art. Watching it, we feel the fear, suffer the desire. [Restored version; 18 Oct 1996, p.1]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Vertigo, which is one of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made, is the most confessional, dealing directly with the themes that controlled his art. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Robert Burks' cinematography is outstanding, and composer Bernard Herrmann supplies one of his strongest, spookiest scores... A major influence on the movies and movie-making style of Brian De Palma (among many, many others), Vertigo has a dreamlike eeriness and a climax that is, well, downright dizzying. [29 Nov 1996, p.04]

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Awards

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