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* BavarianFireDrill: Michael shouts "Fire!" in a crowded theatre as a distraction to escape from the East German police.

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* BavarianFireDrill: Michael shouts "Fire!" in a crowded theatre as a distraction to escape from the East German police. It's believed to be the only reason why the film was rated R before 1984.


Generally viewed as a letdown after Hitchcock's remarkable decade-and-a-half run, faulted for an unengaging script and a lack of chemistry between Newman and Andrews (one writer observed that in their scenes together they seem like they're characters from two entirely different films). But it's still intriguing as Hitchcock's reaction to the Franchise/JamesBond series (which borrowed a lot of its style from his own ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), and for its colorful European setting and characters.

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Generally viewed as a letdown after Hitchcock's remarkable decade-and-a-half run, faulted for an unengaging script and a lack of chemistry between Newman and Andrews (one writer observed that in their scenes together they seem like they're characters from two entirely different films). But it's still intriguing as Hitchcock's reaction to the Franchise/JamesBond series (which borrowed a lot of its style from his own ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), ''Film/{{North by Northwest}}''), and for its colorful European setting and characters.


Generally viewed as a letdown after Hitchcock's remarkable decade-and-a-half run, faulted for an unengaging script and a lack of chemistry between Newman and Andrews (one writer observed that in their scenes together they seem like they're characters from two entirely different films). But it's still intriguing as Hitchcock's reaction to the Franchise/JamesBond series (which borrowed a lot of its style from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), and for its colorful European setting and characters.

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Generally viewed as a letdown after Hitchcock's remarkable decade-and-a-half run, faulted for an unengaging script and a lack of chemistry between Newman and Andrews (one writer observed that in their scenes together they seem like they're characters from two entirely different films). But it's still intriguing as Hitchcock's reaction to the Franchise/JamesBond series (which borrowed a lot of its style from his own ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), and for its colorful European setting and characters.


* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: It's believed the sole reason why this film was originally rated R is because of a plot-relevant instance of [[spoiler:falsely shouting "Fire!" in a theatre]].

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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: It's believed the sole reason why this film was originally rated R is because of a plot-relevant instance of [[spoiler:falsely shouting "Fire!" in a theatre]].


* TheStoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael to the farm informs the Stasi about the whole incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.

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* TheStoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes took Michael to the farm farm[[note]]Played by Peter Lorre Jr., who ''wasn't'' Creator/PeterLorre's son, but a guy named Eugene Weingand who changed his name to capitalize on his resemblance to Lorre[[/note]] informs the Stasi about the whole incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.


* CityOfSpies: East Berlin; not just the Stasi but deep cover agents working against the Commies.

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* CityOfSpies: East Berlin; not just the Stasi but deep cover agents [[DeepCoverAgent Deep Cover Agents]] working against the Commies.



* TheStoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael to the farm informs the Stasi about the incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.

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* TheStoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael to the farm informs the Stasi about the whole incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.

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* LaResistance: Pi, the underground anti-Communist network that Michael works with.
* SilkHidingSteel: The seemingly-simple farmer's wife seems quite knowledgeable about how to kill people and hide bodies. Presumably she's also a Pi agent with an intelligence background.


* StoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael to the farm informs the Stasi about the incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.

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* StoolPigeon: TheStoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael to the farm informs the Stasi about the incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.


* AlliterativeName: Sarah Sherman.



* TheTaxi: Michael takes one to the farm, and the driver ends up ratting him out when the Stasi announces that Gromek is missing.

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* TheTaxi: StoolPigeon: The driver of TheTaxi who takes Michael takes one to the farm, and the driver ends up ratting him out when farm informs the Stasi announces that Gromek is missing.about the incident when he sees a news story about Gromek's disappearance.


* AntiVillain: Karl Manfred, Michael's East German contact, seems to hold Armstrong in high esteem as a scientist and isn't totally happy to be aiding the Stasi as they keep tabs on Michael.

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* AntiVillain: Karl Manfred, Michael's East German contact, seems to hold holds Armstrong in high esteem regard as a scientist and isn't doesn't seem totally happy to be aiding the Stasi as they keep tabs on Michael.


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* HotScientist: With Creator/PaulNewman in the role, Armstrong is a male example. His big scene has him working out physics equations on a chalkboard.


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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted with Michael, who teaches at the University of Chicago and got his doctorate at Caltech.


* AntiVillain: Karl Manfred, Michael's East German contact, seems to hold Armstrong in high esteem as a scientist and isn't totally happy to be aiding the Stasi as they keep tabs on Michael.
* BadassLongcoat: Gromek's leather overcoat.



* FakeDefector: Michael Armstrong.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gromek tries to ingratiate himself to Armstrong by noting that he lived in New York for a while, but he's too ObviouslyEvil to pull this off.

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* FakeDefector: Michael Armstrong.
Armstrong uses defection to East Germany as a cover for helping America in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gromek tries to ingratiate himself to Armstrong by noting that he lived in New York for a while, and expresses fondness for American culture, but he's too ObviouslyEvil for it to pull this off.really work.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Michael justifies his risky, reckless scheme by saying it will help America and ultimately help eliminate the nuclear threat, but he has to lie to his fiancée, then betray his East German hosts to accomplish it. Then he has to help cover up a killing.



* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: Michael revealing to Sarah that he's a FakeDefector is depicted via a distant SilenceIsGolden long shot.



* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Lots of conversing in German by the villains to keep Michael and Sarah out of the loop.

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* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Lots None of conversing in the spoken German by the villains to keep is subtitled, but it's usually obvious what's being said.
* TheTaxi:
Michael takes one to the farm, and Sarah the driver ends up ratting him out of when the loop.Stasi announces that Gromek is missing.

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Generally viewed as a letdown after Hitchcock's remarkable decade-and-a-half run, faulted for an unengaging script and a lack of chemistry between Newman and Andrews (one writer observed that in their scenes together they seem like they're characters from two entirely different films). But it's still intriguing as Hitchcock's reaction to the Franchise/JamesBond series (which borrowed a lot of its style from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''), and for its colorful European setting and characters.

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* CaptainObvious: Upon being told that Michael is going to East Berlin, Sarah points out "But--that's behind the Iron Curtain!" Even the film's writers hated that line but Hitchcock refused to change it, probably because it functions as a semi-TitleDrop.


Hitchcock was not entirely happy with the casting of this film. He wanted Creator/CaryGrant as the male lead, with either Eva Marie Saint or Tippi Hedren as the leading lady. Grant turned him down. He was preoccupied with filming ''Film/WalkDontRun'' and intended to retire after that. Universal Pictures executives insisted on casting Newman and Andrews, in the belief that more famous (and also more current) stars would result in better box office results. Newman had starred in several hits the 1950s. Andrews was a younger actress who was mostly known for theatrical work prior to starring in ''Film/MaryPoppins''. After that film turned to a box office hit, she became one of the most famous actresses of the 1960s. Hitchcock and Newman had a difficult working relationship, Andrews felt borderline mistreated by Hitchcock due to the way he "neglected" her (as opposed to fetishizing her the way he usually did to his leading ladies), and the chemistry between the leads was rather poor. Nevertheless, it was a modest box office hit.

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