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Vertigo (1958)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Alfred Hitchcock

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About the Movie

Considered by many to be director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest achievement, Leonard Maltin gives Vertigo four stars, hailing it as "A genuinely great motion picture." Set among San Francisco's renown landmarks, James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend's suicidal wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie's interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 64
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The lure of death, the power of the past, the guilty complicity of a clean-cut hero, the near-fetishistic use of symbol and color: these Hitchcock hallmarks are all mesmerizingly on view. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, May 23, 2014

Fresh: There! No more hints! Coming or not? What more's to say? Well, nothing, except that Vertigo is performed in the manner expected of all performers in Hitchcock films. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, May 23, 2014

Fresh: You watch this guy going slowly over the brink and realize, good grief, this is Jimmy Stewart. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: James Stewart, on camera almost constantly, comes through with a startlingly fine performance as the lawyer-cop who suffers from acrophobia. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 23, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Alfred Hitchcock from my perpsective ranks to be one of the top five greatest filmmakers of all time; and this movie contributed not only tho that fact, but also my love for older films. This and Rope have all been his best films (those have been the only ones I've seen along with To Catch a Thief), here within this particular story, Hitchcock goes into psycholgical depth in which one man, Scotty (James Stewart) has been hired as a somewhat private inverstigator (after retirement) by an old friend to stalk and curcumspect his former friends wife. Of which whom has an apparent loss memory, and later Scotty irresistably falls in love with her. The film has many obstacles for our protagonist. Hitchcock perfects his percise direction for the film, the cinematography (which from my perspective should have been nominated) and delivering the best out in the actors. Beautiful film.


I'm not necessarily against watching movies on my ipod but to watch Vertigo on an itty bitty screen like that seems like it's doing the movie a huge injustice. Watch, please do watch. But take my advice and see it on as big a screen as possible.

VERTIGO! Truly a masterpiece!

This is my favorite movie!!! I am so glad they put this on here . . . If I didn't already own three copies of it (one vhs, two on dvd) I would buy it instantly (I still might, just because I am obsessed with this movie)!!! This is regarded by many as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, and I would have to concur. His perfect use of color and imagery help to propel the tragic, and twisted story. Romance, deception, obsession, perfect acting, and a perfect musical score (also available on itunes) - all will be drawn into this deeply rooted masterpiece! This movie was decades ahead of it's time, and only now is it receiving the attention it deserves! Vertigo is the true definition of "timeless". I never tire of watching it and if I ever catch it on, I can never turn it off until every frame has finished! Truly a Masterpiece!

Vertigo (1958)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1958

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  1. Alfred Hitchcock Collection, Universal Studios Home Entertainment