The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

DVD - 2000
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An innocent American couple touring Morocco with their son get caught up in a web of international intrigue, kidnapping and assassination.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, 2000
ISBN: 9780783229461
0783229461
9781417058860
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 M
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.)

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swyckl
Aug 22, 2017

I liked this movie. If you like 1950 style mystery suspense movies, you will like this movie. Alfred Hitchcock did a great job with it.

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sunnygirl35
Mar 26, 2017

This is an under-rated Hitchcock movie in my opinion. It's Doris Day's best acting and Jimmy Stewart was wonderful as well. The scene at the Royal Albert Hall with the symphony makes the movie come alive. And I loved the classic Hitchcock ending! Entertaining all around.

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1916rebels
Mar 21, 2017

doris day had nice hooters

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 30, 2016

"The man who knew too much", 1934 starred Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, and 15 year old Nova Pilbeam. What attracted HItchcock was blond women and that was Edna and Nova. But the real force here is Peter Lorre with his slicked down hair and the white stripe. Lorrie has a devilish look in his eyes and doesn't shrink from gun fire. It was his first English language role with no detectable foreign accent. I thought Hitchock put a tremendous amount of action in this 76 minute film. It is a little campy (this is a British film and it is only 1934) but there were no previous films to give audiences the feeling they have seen these scenes before. The shootout between the bad guys and the police with neighborhood people barely standing out of the way is quite good. Hitch remade this film in 1956 with James Stewart and Doris Day as the worried parents. That remake took 120 minutes with not as much of a buildup as the 1934 film.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 25, 2016

This is an earlier work by Hitchcock, and I find it only so-so. Pretty wooden acting if you ask me. And way too much smoking on the screen. Passable.

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OZUNE
Feb 11, 2016

Have to disagree with most people here I found the first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much to be superior. Peter Lorre makes an excellent villain which as most directors admit is one of the keys to a successful movie. The first version also has a stronger female lead. She is an Olympic Champion Sharp Shooter which turns out to be a valuable asset during the film's climax. Second version has more star power but the back projections in Morocco are awful and the ending slightly ridiculous.

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Slys65ss
May 13, 2015

One of Hitchcock's best. Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart are excellent. I will never hear Que Sera Sera again without thinking of this movie. Two thumbs up.

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SuzanneSisco
Feb 05, 2015

This is another great Alfred Hitchcock movie! Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day have outdone themselves. :)
The couple are vacationing in Morocco, when they discover an assassination plot! In an effort to prevent Mr. and Mr. McKenna (James & Doris) from interfering, the conspirators kidnap their son!
Must see!

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akirakato
Feb 02, 2015

This is a 1934 British suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
I think this film is one of the wrost Hitchcock had ever made.
The story structure is poorly constructed.
A political assassination?
But what is it?
The fighting scenes lack reality.
The chair fight appears ridiculous.
No wonder Hitchcock had an urge to remake it in 1956.

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Nursebob
Jan 29, 2015

An American couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally become entangled in an assassination plot and the conspirators will stop at nothing to keep them quiet. With on-site locations stretching from the bazaars of Marrakesh to London’s Royal Albert Hall, maestro Alfred Hitchcock tries to work his old magic, twining suspense and paranoia into a tired but still highly watchable thriller. Stars James Stewart and Doris Day do share an onscreen chemistry and the wide angle technicolor shots swing effortlessly from blue desert skies to a cramped kidnapper’s lair, but there is an acute lack of tension which keeps the audience forever at arm’s length while some of the American couple’s more stupid decisions push the believability envelope. And do we really need to hear Ms. Day sing “Que Sera Sera” yet again?

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