Picture from Vertigo
Overall B

John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart), a former police officer who agrees to work as a private detective for a friend (Tom Helmore), finds himself loosing his professional perspective when he begins to fall in love with his client's wife (Kim Novak).

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Talk to your kids about…


How does John’s obsession with Madeleine affect his judgment on the job? What are the dangers of losing one’s professional distance?

Rather than using a lot of dialogue, Hitchcock often builds tension through music. How can a score influence the audience? In what other ways does the director build suspense between the characters?