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James Stewart
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Kim Novak
Kim Novak
, Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
Alfred Hitchcock


James Stewart
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Kim Novak
Kim Novak
, Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
Alfred Hitchcock


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Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
UPC: 0025192235535
Original Release: 1958
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 3,698

Special Features

Obsessed with Vertigo: New life for Hitchcock's masterpiece; Partners in crime: Hitchcock's collaborators; Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts; Foreign censorship ending; The Vertigo archives; Feature Commentary with Film Director William Friedkin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart John "Scottie" Ferguson
Kim Novak Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton
Barbara Bel Geddes Marjorie "Midge" Wood
Tom Helmore Gavin Elster
Henry Jones Coroner
Raymond Bailey Doctor
Ellen Corby Manager
Konstantin Shayne Pop Leibel
Lee Patrick Older Mistaken Identity
Ed Stevlingson Attorney
Dori Simmons Middle-Aged Mistaken Identity
Nina Shipman Young Mistaken Identity
William Remick Jury Foreman
Jack Richardson Escort (uncredited)
Sara Taft Nun
Paul Bryar Capt. Hansen
Roxann Delman Model
Margaret Brayton Ransohoff's Saleslady (uncredited)
John Benson Salesman (uncredited)
June Jocelyn Miss Woods
Fred Graham Death Fall Officer (uncredited)
Buck Harrington Gateman
Mollie Dodd Beauty Operator
Roland Got Maitre d'
Don Giovanni Salesman

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Samuel A.Taylor Screenwriter
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Associate Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Alec Coppel Screenwriter
George Dutton Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup

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