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Rebecca -- When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants.

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Director:
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel)
Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 April 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The shadow of this woman darkened their love. See more »
Plot:
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Wonderful Film See more (248 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Olivier ... 'Maxim' de Winter

Joan Fontaine ... Mrs. de Winter

George Sanders ... Jack Favell

Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Danvers

Nigel Bruce ... Major Giles Lacy

Reginald Denny ... Frank Crawley

C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Julyan

Gladys Cooper ... Beatrice Lacy
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Van Hopper
Melville Cooper ... Coroner

Leo G. Carroll ... Dr. Baker
Leonard Carey ... Ben
Lumsden Hare ... Tabbs
Edward Fielding ... Frith
Philip Winter ... Robert
Forrester Harvey ... Chalcroft
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Bevan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Mullen (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Hotel Headwaiter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Hotel Dining Room Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel)

Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) and
Joan Harrison (screen play)

Philip MacDonald (adaptation) and
Michael Hogan (adaptation)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
W. Donn Hayes (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Makeup Department
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (as Edmond Bernoudy)
D. Ross Lederman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Eric Stacey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Howard Bristol .... interior decorator
Joseph B. Platt .... interiors designed by
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Noyes .... recorder
Arthur Johns .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Simpson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur E. Arling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Vincent J. Farrar .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lloyd Knechtel .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Fred Parrish .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
John F. Warren .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
James E. Newcom .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... music associate (as Lou Forbes)
Robert Russell Bennett .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hans Sommer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... scenario assistant
W.A. Bagley .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Russell Birdwell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Katherine Brown .... story editor (uncredited)
Adele Cannon .... script clerk (uncredited)
Val Lewton .... story editor (uncredited)
Marcella Rabwin .... executive assistant to producer (uncredited)
Lydia Schiller .... continuity supervisor (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... presenter (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Selznick International Pictures (as A Selznick International Picture) (as Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's celebrated novel)
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Runtime:
130 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1996) (2006) (2012) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2000) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5969) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anne Baxter was one of the actresses tested by Alfred Hitchcock for the leading role. He later cast her in I Confess (1953).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Narrator follows Jasper to the cottage. When she sees Jasper, he is standing up, barking in front of the door. She approaches the door and the dog is now lying to one side.See more »
Quotes:
Maxim de Winter:You thought I loved Rebecca? You thought that? I hated her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Rebecca 2 (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)See more »

FAQ

What is 'Rebecca' about?
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88 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
A Wonderful Film, 11 October 2000
Author: sundae

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Definitely my favorite classic. There are some that come close, such as Citizen Kane, Spellbound, and Psycho, but none quite compare to this amazing movie.

The first thing that you notice is the outstanding cinematography. You have to remember that this movie was made in 1940, when they didn't have the technology we have now. But that first shot of the water beating up against the rocks grabs you and for one split second you wonder if maybe this isn't part of the movie but rather something filmed just recently. But then you see the familiar face of Laurence Olivier, reminding you that this was made 60 years ago, a fact that forever amazes me. The only oscar it won besides Best Picture was well deserved.

Another thing that makes it such a wonderful film is the acting. I have debated on whether Laurence Olivier's character, the tortured Maxim de Winter, is the pitiable character or if his second wife played by Joan Fontaine is really the one to feel sorry for. Every time I watch it I see it from a different point of view. Joan Fontaine is excellent. Laurence Olivier is wonderful, but that's no surprise. The only thing that bugs me is that it seems in every movie he's in (well, at least, everything I've seen him in), he always plays the same type of character. But he's extremely good at it, so I suppose it doesn't matter.

But although Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier are wonderful, Judith Anderson steals the show! The first time I watched the movie, I was immediately grabbed by her stunning performance as the sinister Mrs. Danvers. You hardly notice the other characters when she's in the scene. She acted the part so well that it's strange to imagine that she was any different in real life.

With a wonderful storyline, and a very surprising ending, Rebecca well deserves the title as the only of Hitchcock's films to win the oscar for Best Picture. Although it may not be the most famous of all his films, it is without a doubt the greatest

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