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453 Ratings

Ministry of Fear

Directed by Fritz Lang
United States, 1944
Thriller, Film noir


Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War II in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

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Ministry of Fear Directed by Fritz Lang

Critics reviews

It’s a magnificently skewed way of handling [Neale and Carla’s kiss], and as the centerpiece of the film’s romantic thread, their brief exchange casts tantalizing questions. After all, what is her inner life? We know next to nothing about her, and all she knows about Neale is that he’s wanted for murder… and that by his own admission, he just got out of a mental asylum for mercy-killing his last wife. Yet here she is, like a cockeyed angel, drawn to him with understanding and devotion.
May 07, 2013
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MINISTRY OF FEAR would prove an essential link in Fritz Lang’s career, bridging his exciting anti-Nazi films (MAN HUNT, HANGMEN ALSO DIE!) with the more insidious psychological thrillers he’d soon make with Joan Bennett (WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, SCARLET STREET, SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR).
October 28, 2011
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