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Still shot from the movie: Vertigo.

Vertigo

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). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 01 Jan 1958
Video Release: 06 May 2014
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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