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Released 1969

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    • This film had an extremely troubled production history. The script was still being written as the filming went on, and the ending favoured by Hitchcock proved unpopular with preview audiences, who also felt the film was too long. Hitchcock's original cut (running 143 minutes - it was the longest of all his films) was trimmed by about a quarter of an hour, and he filmed a completely new ending only a short time before the film's opening. He was dissatisfied with this, and a third ending was hastily cobbled together in the editing room from existing footage, a solution which occasioned a number of criticisms from reviewers. The film's video release restored the second ending, but the first ending, Hitchcock's preferred one, was not seen until the film's DVD release, over twenty years after Hitchcock's death.

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Thrillers, Classics, Espionage