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Under Capricorn (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  8 October 1949 (USA)
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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.

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Margaret Leighton ...
Cecil Parker ...
Denis O'Dea ...
Mr. Corrigan
Jack Watling ...
Winter
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The Coachman
John Ruddock ...
Mr. Potter
Bill Shine ...
Mr. Banks
Victor Lucas ...
The Rev. Smiley
Ronald Adam ...
Mr. Riggs
Francis De Wolff ...
Major Wilkins (as Francis de Wolff)
G.H. Mulcaster ...
Dr. Macallister
Olive Sloane ...
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In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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8 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les amants du Capricorne  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to the Book "Its Only a Movie", Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted Arthur Laurents to do the screenplay. To the director's chagrin, after reading Helen Simpson's novel "Under Capricorn", Arthur Laurents told Hitchcock that he was the wrong writer for the project. So Alfred Hitchcock hired James Bridie to do the screenplay instead. See more »

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At one point in the film, a character says that employees to be fired should be given their "pink slips." The film takes place in 1830s Australia. An article in the New York Times dates the earliest use of the term "pink slip" to 1910. See more »

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Narrator: In seventeen-hundred and seventy, Captain Cook discovered Australia. Sixty years later, the city of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, had grown on the edge of three million square miles of unknown land. The colony exported raw materials. It imported material even more raw - prisoners, many of them unjustly convicted, who were to be shaped into the pioneers of a great dominion. In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one King William the Fourth sent a new governor to rule the colony. ...
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Hitchcocks Greatest?
8 September 2000 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Under Capricorn, is along with Notorious, I Confess and Rear Window Hitchcocks greatest film. Under Capricorn has been greatly under appreciated mainly because it was a commercial failure and because Hitchcock talked the movie down saying that he only made it for Ingrid Bergman. The truth is that he had been working on getting it made for years, would he really put his production company under pressure on it's second project with a $2.5 million budget if he didn't care for it. Maybe part of its mixed reputation is because it's not a thriller, being a character driven movie, at just under two hours long its not you're typical Hitchcock movie. But the story is revealed in a wonderful way, with such a great romantic feeling that I'm amazed that it's not more highly thought off by the general public. If there ever was a more beautifully film movie I've never seen it. Ingrid Bergman is as she always is, brilliant; her 10-minuet scene in which she tells wilding the whole story of what happened is pure magic. Another great moment is when Bergman has locked herself in her room and wilding comes through her window. Joseph Cotton is also on top form. Really all that I've got left to say is if you haven't yet seen this film and you get the chance to don't waste that chance. I wish it would come out on DVD or video I've nearly worn my copy out.


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