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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 128m 24s

Ratings Info Contains mild threat and references to suicide

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Alfred Hitchcock

Cast includes James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick, Paul Bryar, William Remick, Julian Petruzzi, Sara Taft, Fred Graham, Mollie Dodd

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Parental guidance iconPG

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 08/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

VERTIGO is a thriller in which a retired San Francisco detective who agrees to follow a friend's wife who is apparently depressed.


There are some scenes of mild threat. For example, a character hangs on to a gutter high above the ground after slipping during a rooftop chase. There is also a nightmare sequence in which a character dreams that he sees a ghost and then approaches an open grave. A man briefly grabbing a woman's neck as he threatens her, but she is not physically harmed.


There are references to suicide relating to the mental state of a female character whom it is feared may intend to kill herself. As well as some verbal references to suicide, there is sight of the character jumping into water in an apparent suicide attempt and a sequence in which she falls from a bell tower.

There are occasional uses of very mild bad language, including 'darn', 'bum' and 'God'.

Adult characters smoke cigarettes, reflecting the period in which the film was made.

There are also some very mild sex references, such as when a woman misunderstands a man's offer to 'take care' of her.


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