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2,924 Ratings

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1956
Thriller, Adventure, Mystery


A British family on vacation in Morocco become unwillingly tangled with an assassination plot after they meet a stranger who is mysteriously killed in front of them. However, their plan to expose the plot is derailed when their son is abducted.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
As the criminal honcho, Peter Lorre wears a forehead scar like a concrete fissure and a smile like a veil over an inkwell of ineffable contempt: “You must pay the price for your genius.” Hamlet quoted and a fairytale sung (“There came a whispered terror on the breeze…”), that’s Hitchcock getting into full swing, his panning and crosscutting at the Albert Hall give an early crystallization of form.
July 11, 2016
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This, we might say, is how you integrate set pieces into your movie—narratively, stylistically, and thematically. Others would disagree with me, but nearly forty years of living with this film hasn’t made me change my mind. The Man Who Knew Too Much is Hitchcock’s first thoroughgoing masterpiece.
February 14, 2013
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Often cited as the first of Hitchcock’s globe-trotting spy thrillers, a format he would revisit periodically for decades to come, it is also part of a less-noticed cycle within Hitchcock’s work: films centered on marriages and the careful negotiations necessary to ensure their survival.
February 01, 2013
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