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" did have reservations about the film, but I wasn’t agonized by it. The kick of it was working for Hitchcock. That’s what I did it for, and that’s what I got out of it."

Julie Andrews

Torn CurtainWhen Sarah Sherman learns that her once-patriotic fiance, a physicist Michael Armstrong, has defected to communist East Germany, she cannot believe it. And she's right: He's gone undercover in an attempt to obtain classified military information. Unfortunately, Sarah is determined to find answers to her questions, so she follows him behind the Iron Curtain, involving them in espionage and danger


Julie Andrews in Torn Curtain

Directed By

Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay By
Brian Moore
Music By
John Addison
Release Date/Runtime
14 July 1966 (US)
128 Minutes
Character
Sarah Sherman
Cast
 
Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Lila Kedrova, David Opatoshu
   

 

Torn Curtain Curiosities
 
For the first time in her life on stage and screen, Julie was playing a contemporary woman, Sarah Sherman. All her other characters were placed in different times and eras.
 
The opening scene of Torn Curtain (Julie Andrews and Paul Newman, who are not married, appear in bed together) was a shock for many admirers of Julie's happy nanny/nun persona, and entirely unacceptable to the National Roman Catholic Office for Motion Pictures, the successor to the Legion of Decency, which condemned the picture as "morally objectionable in part for all," for its "gratuitous introduction of premarital sex between its sympathetic protagonists." The Catholic Office also said that the movie's "detailed treatment of a realistically brutal killing was questionable on moral grounds," and concluded with a warning: "Parents should be aware that the 'Mary Poppins' image of the female lead (Julie Andrews), shattered in this film, cannot serve as any criterion of the film's acceptability for their children."  
 
Paul Newman called her "the last of the really great dames".
One day, when Hitchcock complained at one point of a spotlight "making a hell of a line over her head," she demurely put her hands on her hips and said. "That's my halo."
 
Making Torn Curtain did not provide either the fun or the professional satisfaction that Julie's four previous movies had. Actually she was privately so upset by the final result that she urged her good friends not to see it. Even publicly, though she tried to be discreet, some of her resentment over her experience came through. "I did not have to act in Torn Curtain", she said. "I merely went along for the ride. I don't feel that the part demanded much of me, other than look glamorous, which Mr. Hitchcock can always arrange better than anyone. I did have reservations about this film, but I wasn't agonized by it. The kick was working for Hitchcock. That's what I did it for, and that's what I got out of it. So that's that."
 
Despite all the problems during the filming, the fact that both leading stars weren't happy about the movie and its final result and despite the critics' justifiably  acidic reviews,  the movie made money on its initial release in the summer of 1966, and it has a record as the top grossing movie for Universal to that date. 
 

 

 

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