Torn Curtain | 1966

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Main Plot

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.


  • Paul Newman's character in Torn Curtain is an American physicist who defects to East Germany during the Cold War.
  • Julie Andrews portrays Sarah Sherman, a love interest and fiancée to the main character, played by Paul Newman.
  • Lila Kedrova plays the role of Countess Kuchinska, a Russian double agent who aids the protagonist in their mission.


In the ending of "Torn Curtain," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Michael, an American scientist, successfully steals crucial information from his East German hosts. However, his fiancée, Sarah, is forced to witness the brutal murder of a dissident as they attempt to escape. Eventually, they manage to board a bus filled with other passengers, including an East German agent. Despite the agent's suspicion, Michael and Sarah maintain their cover, leaving their fate unknown as the film concludes.

Alfred Hitchcock