In the book Goblet of Fire, we have the following about Dumbledore suspecting Barty Crouch Jr/Mad-Eye Moody as being the baddie:

‘Moody,’ Harry said. He was still in a state of complete disbelief. ‘How can it have been Moody?’

‘This is not Alastor Moody,’ said Dumbledore quietly. ‘You have never known Alastor Moody. The real Moody would not have removed you from my sight after what happened tonight. The moment he took you, I knew – and I followed.’

Goblet of Fire - page 590 - Bloomsbury - chapter thirty-five, Veritaserum

Is there any point in the movie version of Goblet of Fire that shows when Dumbledore becomes suspicious of Crouch Jr/Moody? I think I might have pinpointed a moment, but would like answers from the community before making a conclusion. I know it must have happened because, in the movie, Dumbledore somehow knows to follow Harry and rescue him from Crouch Jr/Moody.

Was there any point in Goblet of Fire (MOVIE) where Dumbledore becomes suspicious of Moody?

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I suspect that one of the largest (movie only) clues was at 01:36 when Mad Eye Moody does "the tongue thing" in front of his father, Barty Crouch Sr.

I think we can reasonably assume that in a world where people are able to impersonate each other with trivial ease, this sort of thing would be noticed and discussed, especially in light of the fact that Crouch Sr would know that his son had escaped.

The final straw was (as in the book) when Moody/Crouch Jr dragged Harry off. Dumbledore finally came up with "missing polyjuice ingredients + missing Crouch Jr = trouble" and decided to find Harry in a hurry.

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    As I recall, it wasn't Polyjuice that went missing, it was ingredients for same. And Snape didn't discuss that with Dumbledore, it was with Snape himself on the stairs.
    – JohnP
    Commented May 20, 2014 at 21:41
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    Ooo, good catch! That is way before I thought it would be ... Barty Crouch Jr/Mad-Eye Moody: Doing the tongue thing WAY before Miley Cyrus ;P Commented May 20, 2014 at 22:22
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    Huh? Wasn't the question about whe Dumbledore would suspect? Why would he suspect something based on Barty Crouch Sr? (who at the time, I think, was already Imperiused) Commented May 21, 2014 at 0:14
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    @JohnP -- I should clarify that I'm asking about the movie adaptation of Goblet of Fire, which is different from the book. The book is clear about when Dumbledore suspects Crouch Jr/Moody, but I'm wondering if there's any hint of Dumbledore suspecting Crouch Jr/Moody in the movie. :) Commented May 21, 2014 at 4:24
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    @DVK - They cut all of the Crouches' back story from the movie, so there is no indication that Crouch Sr was ever under the effects of the Imperius Curse. It's left as kind of a mystery why Crouch Sr was killed, IIRC. I'm not sure Crouch Jr even addresses it when he's confessing at the end. The confession in the book was quite long, but it's a few lines in the movie. :) Commented May 21, 2014 at 4:27

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