Starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, it is a remake of the 2005 French movie Anthony Zimmer directed by Jerome Salle. What amazed me was not so much Depps flat and wooden portrayal of Frank Tupelo, a maths teacher and victim of mistaken identity nor Joile’s Elise Clifton-Ward character who’s English accent occilated between Mayfair and East London. It was because it was like watching a movie written by someone who has badly remembered Hitchcock’s North by Northwest but left out all the best bits.
For those who don’t know North By Northwest was a classic 1959 suspense movie directed by Alfred Hichcock, starring Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint.
Here are some similarities.
Frank Tupelo [Depp] is mistaken by the police as a criminal and chased on a speeding train. So is Roger Thornhill [Grant] in North By Northwest.
The real “criminal” in The Tourist is Reginald Shaw [Steven Berkoff]. He seems very English but is in fact a brutal Russian who will kill to get what he wants. In North By Northwest, Phillip VanDamm [James Mason] another British Actor plays a Russian spy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Clifton-Ward is actually a secret agent working for the Government, as is Eve Kendall.
Both Clifton-Ward and Kendall are sexually attracted to the men they befriend, taking the initiative in their erotic encounters.
The “spy-master” in North By Northwest [The Professor, played by veteran British actor Leo G. Carroll] went on to play Mr. Waverley in the iconic super-spy TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Veteran British actor Timothy Dalton, who played super-
At the end of North By Northwest, Hitchcock makes fun of Freudian imagery by having the train in which Thornhill and Kendall are travelling disappear into a tunnel just as they get into bed. Donnersmarche uses this same shot when Tupelo and Clifton-Ward are on the train.
Donnersmache has his own joke on Freud at the end of The Tourist. As Tupelo and Clifton-Ward motor off into the sunset on a sail-boat, the sail is released causing the tall mast to appear to swell suddenly…
It is when you watch a movie like The Tourist, that you realise what a brilliant and influential Director Alfred Hitchcock really was…