Contraband (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

Contraband (1940)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Contraband Photos

Movie Info

In this espionage drama, a Danish merchant sea captain takes on a mysterious passenger and finds himself involved with a ring of London spies. Mayhem ensues.

Watch it now


Conrad Veidt
as Capt. Andersen
Hay Petrie
as Axel Skold / Erik Skold
Valerie Hobson
as Mrs.Sorensen
Joss Ambler
as Lieutenant Commander Ashton RNR
Esmond Knight
as Mr.Pidgeon
Harold Warrender
as Lt/Cdr Ellis
Leo Genn
as Grimm
Eric Berry
as Mr. Abo
Olga Edwardes
as Mrs. Abo
John Longden
as Passport Officer
Eric Maturin
as Passport Officer
Eric Hales
as Second Karoly
Mark Daly
as Taxi driver
Deborah Kerr
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Bernard Miles
as Man lighting pipe
View All

Critic Reviews for Contraband

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This exciting story is dramatically put over and excellently directed.

January 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The story traces the gradual erosion of the Dane's neutrality in the face of menace, but Powell's freewheeling camera can't be stilled by patriotic piety

November 17, 2009 | Full Review…

A first-rate, cleverly photographed WWII thriller from the great pair of Powell and Pressburger.

November 5, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

It was strange to see Veidt in a romantic hero role.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Contraband

An entertaining British Spy Thriller from Powell and Pressburger which is clearly influenced by Hitchcock (The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes). The leads Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson work brilliantly together and there's even a little bit of bondage thrown in (yes, really!)

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

Contraband Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features