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Spellbound (1945)

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

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Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist at Green Manors mental asylum. The head of Green Manors has just been replaced, with his replacement being the renowned Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). Romance blossoms between Dr. Petersen and Dr. Edwards but Dr. Edwards starts to show odd aversions and personality traits. It is discovered that he is an impostor, and amnesiac, and may have killed the real Dr. Edwardes. Dr. Petersen is determined to discover the truth through unlocking the secrets held in the impostor's mind, a process which potentially puts her and others' lives at risk. Written by grantss

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Will he Kiss me or Kill me? See more »


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28 December 1945 (USA)  »

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$1,696,377 (estimated)

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$7,000,000 (USA)
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| (Ontario) | (with overture and exit music)

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1.37 : 1
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The Dali dream sequence was shot originally to run twenty minutes but ended as only two. Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted Josef von Sternberg to shoot it, but it was ultimately directed by William Cameron Menzies. See more »

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When Dr. Peterson enters the library at the mental hospital, The word "LIBRARY" is clearly visible on the door in large letters. When she exits, it is gone. See more »

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Nurse: [offscreen] Miss Carmichael, please. Dr. Petersen is ready for you.
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Opening credits: The fault.....is not in our stars, but in ourselves..... - Shakespeare Our story deals with psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane. The analyst seeks only to induce the patient to talk about his hidden problems, to open the locked doors of his mind. Once the complexes that have been disturbing the patient are uncovered and interpreted, the illness and confusion disappear.....and the devils of unreason are driven from the human soul. See more »

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Pretty dull Hitchcock outing
13 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not one of my favourite Hitchcocks. This psychological drama draws on familiar territory for the director: it's about a supposedly wronged man, on the run for murder, the victim of a conspiracy that he must unravel before the police close the net. The twist is that the mystery lies inside his amnesic mind, and his new love interest must attempt to solve the clues and puzzle out the truth before it's too late.

My main problem with this film is the story, or lack thereof. It's just too slender to sustain a feature-length production, and the denouement, when it comes, is largely routine (save for a shocking childhood flashback) and could have been explained a lot earlier. There are extraneous characters galore and long, drawn-out sequences where nothing much happens. I found Hitchcock's trademark tension to be thin on the ground, and I was expecting a lot more from the man who made the likes of FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT and NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

On the plus side, the film boasts a central pair of good performances from both Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman, and a fine supporting turn for THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.'s Leo G. Carroll. It's just a shame their talents couldn't have been put to use in a better production.


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