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« : July 22, 2005, 11:02:56 PM »

The 39 steps was one of the worst films I've EVER seen... and I like a whole slew of 30's hitchcock spy movies... it was boring, the story was nothing special, just the same ol' spy story but this time without a witty or interesting subplot or spin to go along with it... the acting is terrible, the canadian guy sounded like a brit, the ending was anti-climactic, the title was erroneous, everything you are still watching for is half-answered in a 30 second speech and never dealt with, the only plot point that is at all resolved is the love story that came into play only in the last 25 minutes of the movie... Just horrible, it's on the imdb top 250 and people on that message board are actually trying to make a case that it's the best movie of all time... I'm truly astonished.

The Lady Vanishes and Young and Innocent on the other hand were very good(both of which were on the same dvd I bought, mostly because I had heard such good things about the 39 steps)


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« #1 : July 23, 2005, 12:13:05 AM »

That bad, huh? I've never seen it. For some reason I've only watched the Hitchcock films from Shadow of a Doubt onwards - which is a great film.

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« #2 : July 23, 2005, 12:59:32 AM »

agreed, that is what made it so surprising, I had seen sooooo many hitchcock films and loved every one of them (100% success rate, event the ones that weren't considered his best, I even loved topaz), then i sat down to see what many people consider one of his best, and is on the imdb top 250 to boot... and bam it hit me like a ton of bricks how horrible it was.


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« #3 : July 23, 2005, 02:48:58 PM »

I actually felt the same way about Leone's two Once Upon a Times..., but now they're my two favorite movies ;D OUATITW I got during Christmas '03 and as usual I'm in a rush to finish all my new DVDs during that time and I had a cold, so a movie with a pace like that is hard to watch when you're in a rush and not feeling good. When I saw OUATIA it was late at night and a movie that long is hard to watch when you're already tired and the plot is confusing as hell the first time, but then I watched them several more times and of course I'm obsessed with them.

Though I think with your case you've already stated quite a few things to make the movie un-redeemable :(

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« #4 : July 24, 2005, 12:00:35 AM »

slow, boring, and uninteresting is inexusable in an 80 minute movie... but I see your point, I was the same way with OUATIAmerica... only I thought it was great the first time, and once I got used to watching such a long and slow moving masterpiece I realized it was the best film I had ever seen.


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« #5 : July 25, 2005, 06:18:39 AM »

too bad man, The 39 steps is one of my fav, theres gonna be a horrible remake of it in 2006 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393017/ )

its classic hitch, film noir almost, almost that is, it kind of reminded me of a practice run for north by northwest
i love films with just desperate people and where you and the character become one, you know what he knows, in the end its probably all a matter of taste, you can hate this film but youve gotta respect it
to each his own


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« #6 : July 31, 2005, 03:56:10 PM »

I agree, I adore 39 Steps. I don't think I've had a major cinematic dissapointment, I would love to say a recent star wars film but I was never really that enamoured with them anyway.


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« #7 : August 01, 2005, 12:47:08 AM »

in the end its probably all a matter of taste, you can hate this film but youve gotta respect it
to each his own

Thats the thing that made it such a dissapointment... it's not a matter of taste, I love plenty of 30's hitchcock films just like it... and I love north by northwest even more... it should have knocked my socks off... but it was one of the worst i've ever seen.


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