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Considered by many to be director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest achievement, Leonard Maltin gives Vertigo four stars, hailing it as "A genuinely great motion picture." Set among San Francisco's renown landmarks, James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend's suicidal wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie's interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.
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Common Sense Says
Must-see Hitchcock thriller for any classic movie bug.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie's mature subject matter isn't suitable for all teens, but it's a must-see for any classic movie bug, Hitchcock fan, or lover of complex suspense. Some mature themes parents may wish to discuss after viewing: obsession, murder, deceit.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:May 9, 1958
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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