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Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  12 April 1940 (USA)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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Storyline

A shy ladies' companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A lonely man, a lovely girl... struggling against the secret of Manderley See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebeka  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,288,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1943 with Joan Fontaine reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

In the outside take of Manderley seen in the scene where the Narrator stares at one window being closed, it's a miniature, as is the 'Mrs Danvers' dummy dressed in black. You can realize this by the motion of the window as it's being closed, not in a continuous way, but by little fast jumps, which look too unreal. See more »

Quotes

The Second Mrs. de Winter: No, it's not too late. You're not to say that. I love you more than anything in the world. Oh, please Maxim, kiss me please.
Maxim de Winter: No, it's no use. It's too late.
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Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". See more »

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Spoofed in Heartbreakers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine
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User Reviews

My brief review of the film
3 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A stylishly directed and photographed film that examines a number of themes, such a deception, death and depression, and explores well the emotions of its characters. It is rare to find a film like this, as it tackles various genres, ranging from being a romance to a mystery to a drama to even a comedy at times, and all without seeming pretentious. The cast is truly magnificent. Judith Anderson is a stunner is a quiet but sinister role, and George Sanders is even more impressive in lively but also sinister performance. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are perfect for their roles too. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Cinematography quite deservingly – this is one of the best films Hollywood has ever produced.


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