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The Iron Curtain

1948 1h 27m Mystery & Thriller List
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A clerk in the Soviet embassy in Canada after World War II, Igor Gouzenko (Dana Andrews) is increasingly troubled by his work for duplicitous government officials. Hoping to forge a better life for his wife, Anna (Gene Tierney), and their young son, Igor decides to defect. Though he's pursued by loyal Soviets who are charged with bringing him back to the Soviet Union, he provides Canadian officials with key documents detailing his government's underhanded efforts to obtain atomic bomb plans. Read More Read Less

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Alberto Abuín Espinof 'The Iron Curtain' becomes, in a short time - the film doesn't arrive in an hour and a half - in a vibrant story of survival, in which the personal prevails above the general. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 4, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Seems like a museum piece... Rated: C Apr 14, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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j f Mediocore red baiting exposé, but one that reminds us that life in the Crown's Canada could be even worse. There should have been a sequel, Syrupy Drapes, with Dana Andrews evading the Mounties to come south and experience real freedom. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/21/23 Full Review Audience Member a good cold war war filmed in Ottawa Canada Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review dave j Thursday, September 18, 2014 (1948) The Iron Curtain POLITICAL ESPIONAGE/ SUSPENSE Based on historical fact, the first of 4 movies (according to imdb.com- 2 theatrical movies and two made for TV movies) about a Russian defector by the name of Igor Gouzenko who was sent to Canada from Russia for the intention of exploiting hospitality of Canadians by transporting top secret information for a possible Russian takeover. The Russian Embassy located in Ottawa at one time or another used to be used as a front for false pretenses during the early 1940's for the purpose of obtaining information from both Canada and the United States of America to be sent to Russia for the makings of an atomic bomb. Dana Andrews plays Igor and started to defect Russian orders as soon as his wife, Anna(Gene Tierney) came to live with him as well as getting his first born son as he started to be comfortable with the living conditions Canada were to offer. At the opening, is an important footnote, and I must admit that the first hour was very boring since it's shown in documentation style- for it's like watching a very long introduction where the movie states the situation. Besides that, viewers would also have to get used to the idea of Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney playing a Russian couple that to some they may not sound Russian but can convince viewers that they are acting like them. And if you can make it past the first hour which can be a drab experience than you might be able to enjoy the last final 30 minutes, as it was about that time is when the 'suspense' finally start to kick in. The only thing this film has going for it is that it's based on fact meaning that if it was like made up, it probably wouldn't even be worth acknowledging. Besides what I mentioned above, it is also worth pointing out that "The Iron Curtain" is the fourth of five films Dana Andrews made with Gene Tierney. the other 4 are "Tobacco Road", "Belle Starr", "Laura" and "Where The Sidewalk Ends". 3 out of stars Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member based on a true story Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review ashley h The Iron Curtain is an excellent film. It is about a Russian spy living in Canada. Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. William A. Wellman did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the thrills. The Iron Curtain is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member good noir-ish thriller. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A clerk in the Soviet embassy in Canada after World War II, Igor Gouzenko (Dana Andrews) is increasingly troubled by his work for duplicitous government officials. Hoping to forge a better life for his wife, Anna (Gene Tierney), and their young son, Igor decides to defect. Though he's pursued by loyal Soviets who are charged with bringing him back to the Soviet Union, he provides Canadian officials with key documents detailing his government's underhanded efforts to obtain atomic bomb plans.
Director
William A. Wellman
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 27m