PG | | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
When Sir Alfred Hitchcock's wife, Alma, saw this movie, she said that she liked it, except for one shot where Kim Novak walks towards the San Francisco Bay, which she felt made Novak look too large on the screen. For years afterward, when discussing this movie, Hitchcock ... ...
Officer on rooftop:
Give me your hand. Give me your hand.
Scottie and Midge were supposed to have gone to college together but Barbara is much younger than Jimmie and looks much younger than him in the movie. Scottie is retired from the police and looks at least 10 or more years older than Midge.
The opening Paramount logo is in black and white while the rest of the film, including the closing Paramount logo, is in Technicolor.
An addition to the ending was made for some European coutries due to certain laws prohibiting a film from letting a "bad guy" get away at the end of a film. In the new ending, after Scottie looks down from the belltower (the original ending) there is a shot of Midge sitting next to a radio listening to reports of police tracking down Gavin Elster. As Midge turns off the radio the news flash also reports that 3 Berkeley students got caught bringing a cow up the stairs of a campus building. Scottie enters the room, looks at Midge plainly, and then looks out a window. Midge makes two drinks and gives one to Scottie. It ends with both of them looking out the window. This ending can be found on the restoration laserdisc.
$1,486,818 (USA) (22 November 1996)