|Starring:||Reinhold Schunzel, Claude Rains, Ingrid Bergman, Louis Calhern, Cary Grant, Moroni Olsen, Wally Brown, Alexis Minotis, Ivan Triesault|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance - Thriller|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers|
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Oct 2001|
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Notoriously goodBy Welshwaspy (126 reviews) from London , 08 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The more I watch Hitchcock, the more I come to see his genius as a director of thrillers. Notorious is another example of the great director at work, telling the story of a female spy asked to find out what prominent Nazi supporters in Brazil are planning.
Ingrig Bergman plays Alicia, the daughter of a Nazi traitor in the US who is persuaded by spymaster Devlin (a wonderful complex Cary Grant) to help the US find out what a Nazi group in Rio is planning. As she begins to form deeper associations with the group, even marrying its leader Alex Sebastian. However, Alex becomes suspicious of his new wife and starts to take measures against her before Devlin comes to her rescue.
The film is one of Hitchcock's first in Hollywood and certainly one of his best. Grant is excellent as Devlin, giving an edgy and less charming performance than usual. Bergman simmers with beauty and performs her role with great fervour. Hitchcock again displays his visual flair with some fantastic leading shots, especially involving the wine cellar key. One piece of useless trvial - the long kiss between Grant and Bergman was the longest in cinema history at the time!
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Another great HitchcockBy Abby88 (168 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 28 Sep 2012I really enjoyed Notorious. There's a lot of suspense and the film has a lovely feel to it. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are wonderful.
dedicated ladyBy dancingknight (10 reviews) , 09 Oct 2011two great actors, grant and bergman. i wish they'd known such lasting and strong love in their own lives as they portrayed in this movie. riveting.
Definitely WatchBy Ahooters (5 reviews) , 22 Sep 2011Brilliant film. Thank you, Hitchcock for another great suspense. Grant and Bergman have awesome chemistry and style. Another film that simply draws you in.
Good old HitchcockBy BeccyMalloi (124 reviews) from Kersey, Suffolk , 22 Feb 2011Ok so for me it didnt have the same impact as say Lifeboat, Rear Window or North by Northwest which I absolutely love, but it was still pretty good! I love the little effects he used, camera shots like that must have been pretty unusual when the film was first released; things we take for granted in modern cinema. But team his unique style with the fantastic cast and you've got a winner of a film. The one thing perhaps that let it down for me was the slighly abrupt ending, but other than that- a brilliant watch.
NotoriousBy Miriam from Ealing, London , 30 Jan 2011Another masterpiece from Hitchcock.
Ingrid Bergman was a wonderful actress, well-matched with Cary Grant in this film.