Released 1964




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Alfred Hitchcock

Marnie, a 1964 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren) is an attractive but emotionally troubled young woman who has a mysterious tendency to become frightened by the color red and by thunderstorms, and whose aloofness from men masks a quite hysterical dread of intimacy. A gifted con artist, she makes a habit of charming her way into unimportant office jobs, waiting until she has learned the office routines (and the combination of the safe) and then robbing her bosses and disappearing. She talks her way into a job with Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) and steals his money, but he has set a trap for her, catches up with her and then astonishes her by saying that he will not report her to the police if she agrees to marry him. Their honeymoon cruise proves so traumatic that Marnie attempts suicide by drowning herself. Mark - determined to save Marnie from her own worst impulses and to exorcise his own guilt feelings about her - sets out to investigate the deepest secrets of her past.



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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Winston Graham's novel is set in England, and adapting it for the screen offered many problems quite apart from the obvious one of moving it to an American setting. Evan Hunter, who had recently scripted The Birds for Hitchcock, did much preliminary work on the screenplay, but was eventually replaced by a tyro screenwriter, Jay Presson Allen. After several false starts, a decision was made to exclude entirely from the story a character who is of great importance in the novel -n a decision which Ms. Allen claimed was crucial in making the film work.

    • This was the last of thirteen collaborations between Alfred Hitchcock and the ace cameraman Robert Burks; it was also the last of nine Hitchcock films to be edited by George Tomasini, who died unexpectedly just a few months after Marnie opened. It turned out, also, to be the last Hitchcock film to feature music composed by Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann was originally signed to compose the score for Hitchcock's next film, Torn Curtain (1966), but the two men quarrelled and Herrmann was replaced by John Addison.

    • When the film was first released in Britain in 1964, Sean Connery, at the height of his fame as James Bond, was top-billed ahead of Tippi Hedren. However, in America, Hedren, in the title role, was top-billed ahead of Connery. These American prints have been seen on British television in recent years.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marnie : You think I'm some sort of animal you've trapped!
      Mark Rutland: That's right, you are - and I've trapped something really wild this time, haven't I?

    • Marnie: [sarcastically, to Mark]: Oh, doctor, I'll bet you're just dying to free-associate...

    • Marnie: Talk about dream-worlds! You've got a pathological fix on a woman who's not only a criminal but who screams if you come near her!
      Mark Rutland: Well, I never said I was perfect.

    • Strutt's Secretary: [sarcastically, after the robbery]: Why, Mr. Strutt, don't you remember? She didn't have any references at all.

    • Mark Rutland: [showing Marnie a photograph of a wild animal]: That's a jaguarundi. I spent a year training that animal.
      Marnie: To do what?
      Mark Rutland: To trust me.
      Marnie: Is that all?
      Mark Rutland: Oh, that's a very great deal - for a jaguarundi.

    • Sidney Strutt: [first lines of film]: Robbed! And she did it - that woman, Marion Holland!

  • NOTES (1)

    • One of Hitchcock's most controversial films, this was considered a failure by many upon its first release in 1964. It received from a majority of British and American critics the worst reviews of any Alfred Hitchcock film for at least fifteen years. However, a groundswell of opinion began after a year or two, spearheaded by Robin Wood's critical study Hitchcock's Films in 1965. Wood described it as "one of Hitchcock's richest, most fully achieved and most mature masterpieces" - an opinion which nowadays many would share.


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Classics, Love & Romance, Psychological