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Shadow of a Doubt

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Alfred Hitchcock

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About the Movie

Joseph Cotton star as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives' small hometown. There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie (Teresa Wright). But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You've got to hand it to Alfred Hitchcock: when he sows the fearful seeds of mistrust in one of his motion pictures he can raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director of thrillers in Hollywood. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A superb film. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Hitchcock deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Peels back the welcoming warmth and sincere innocence of small-town life to reveal the gullibility and the naivete underneath; it's a fiction about the perpetuation of fictions. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Dec 3, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Hitchcock's best!

Shadow of a Doubt is a spectacular film! Hitchcock himself even considered it his favorite and finest piece of work. Joseph Cotten (perhaps one of the most grossly UNDERrated actors in his generation) does a great job, and really gives you the creeps as the movie goes on.
I am an absolute Hitchcock fanatic, and this movie is excellent. Every actor in this movie is convincing, and it will make you hesitant to turn off the lights at night.

Teresa Wright shines in Shadow of A +++++

Shadow is a timeless masterpiece and Hitch's favorite movie for good reason. However it's the skillful acting by the main characters that pulls you into the film and makes it engrossing and special. Teresa Wright's sympathetic small town spunky character is well contrasted by Joseph Cotten's creepy villain. Their Oscar worthy performances are both captivating and electrifying. Lovely Teresa Wright whose All-American girl looks and personality being in deadly peril is what makes the film fly. High tension and drama are created by Hitch's creative camera work and the roller coaster plot keeps you guessing till the climax. You THINK the heroine won't be harmed but this is Hitchcock after all. Don't rent it because after you watch it you'll wish you bought it instead to watch over and over again!

Excellent! Masterful!

Oh SOOO good! Teresa Wright is wonderful in this picture! Not sure if she won anything for this picture, but if she didn't she should have! I loved Joseph Cotton in this picture! Great acting and handsome too! ;) The supporting cast was fantastic and perfectly suited to one another! This is without a doubt ;) my favorite Hitchcock film! Couldn't go wrong on this one. I played it for a group of my friends (teen boys and girls), who don't usually get in to classic films, and they loved it!

Shadow of a Doubt
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1943

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  1. Alfred Hitchcock Collection, Universal Studios Home Entertainment