film was one of my five picks for the Guardian of underrated Alfred
Hitchcock films. You can read my thoughts
on the quintet of movies via the web here and this is what I had to say about Sabotage: 'Darker
in tone and more harrowing than its reputation allows, Sabotage is
arguably the most underrated of Hitchcock's still undervalued British
period. A loose adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel The Secret Agent about a shadowy network of anarchists, the film deserves to be remembered for much more than Hitchcock famously regretting his decision to let the bomb go off at the end of one of the director's most celebrated and manipulative suspense sequences. The
movie's central couple run a cinema, which Hitchcock uses to masterful
effect in an intriguing and rich sequence contrasting Walt Disney on the
screen with the heartbreak of the wife following the tragedy at the
centre of the narrative. The scene involving the "murder" (or is it
"willed suicide"?) of her husband foreshadows the most brutal and
shocking killing in Hitchcock's canon 30 years later, that of the East
German agent Gromek in Torn Curtain (1966).'
Here (and above) is the famous bus bomb scene (Spoiler warning).