Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson, who has retired because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo, a false sense of rotational movement. Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely.
After a rooftop chase in which a fellow policeman falls to his death, San Francisco detective John "Scottie" Ferguson retires out of fear of heights and vertigo. His ex-fiancée says that another severe emotional shock may be the only cure.
|Alec Coppel Boileau-Narcejac Maxwell Anderson Samuel A. Taylor Thomas Narcejac
|California San Francisco
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|Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound
|Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions
|Paramount Pictures Universal Pictures
|Mission San Juan Bautista San Francisco
|film noir mystery thriller psychological thriller romantic thriller