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1,255 Ratings

Foreign Correspondent

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1940
Action, Romance, Thriller


When a green Yank crime reporter (Joel McCrea) is sent to Europe to get a scoop on the imminent war, he quickly gets pulled down a rabbit hole of espionage, assassination, conspiracy, and quintessential Hitchcockian setpieces.

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Foreign Correspondent Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1940 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Hitchcock availed himself of Hollywood’s resources. “Foreign Correspondent” is a spectacle of near DeMillean proportions, with large-scale sets of Waterloo Station in London and Dam Square in Amsterdam designed by William Cameron Menzies. The grand climax, in which an airline clipper is shot from the sky and plunges into the Atlantic (or rather, an enormous studio tank) is something of a pyrotechnical wonder.
March 06, 2014
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That Hitchcock made the transition [into Hollywood] so seamlessly, at once refining and accentuating his storytelling prowess and stylistic precision in the process remains one of cinema’s foremost examples of artistic evolution. His first two projects, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, each released in 1940, were in both style and content diametrically opposing entertainments, though they provide a convenient shorthand for Hitchcock’s potential future avenues.
February 20, 2014
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The “trust no one” plot leads to one of the director’s most remarkable climaxes, a plane crash and ocean rescue realized with still impressive special effects designed by William Cameron Menzies.
February 18, 2013
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