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Under Capricorn
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Director:
Writers:
John Colton (play) and
Margaret Linden (play) ...
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Release Date:
8 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cold husband. Broken wife. Gallant lover. A triangle set to explode...and reveal a strange and unusual crime. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Lady Henrietta Flusky

Joseph Cotten ... Sam Flusky

Michael Wilding ... Hon. Charles Adare
Margaret Leighton ... Milly
Cecil Parker ... The Governor
Denis O'Dea ... Mr. Corrigan
Jack Watling ... Winter

Harcourt Williams ... 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 ... Sal
Maureen Delaney ... Flo
Julia Lang ... Susan
Betty McDermott ... Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivor Barry ... 1st Guard in Hall (uncredited)
Martin Benson ... Man Carrying Shrunken Head (uncredited)
Ronnie Hill ... 2nd Guard in Hall (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
David Keir ... Man Checking Invitations at Ball (uncredited)
Roderick Lovell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lloyd Pearson ... Land Agent (uncredited)
Richard Turner ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
John Colton (play) and
Margaret Linden (play)

Helen Simpson (novel)

Hume Cronyn (adaptation)

James Bridie (screenplay)

Joseph Shearing  uncredited
Peter Ustinov  uncredited

Produced by
Sidney Bernstein .... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates  (as A.S. Bates)
 
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Thomas Morahan)
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse  (as Roger Furse)
Julia Squire (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
David Aylott .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Joan Smallwood .... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)
Neville Smallwood .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
John Palmer .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.R. Foster-Kemp .... assistant director (as C. Foster Kemp)
Cliff Owen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Pellatt .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Philip Stockford .... set dresser
Ted Clements .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
Geoffrey Somerton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
John Aldred .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
A.W. Watkins .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... operator of camera movement
Ian Craig .... operator of camera movement
Jack Haste .... operator of camera movement
David MacNeilly .... operator of camera movement
Jim Dawes .... grip (uncredited)
George Pink .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bert Rule .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
David O. Selznick .... actor arrangement: Mr. Cotten
Peggy Singer .... continuity
Jean Dyball .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Hazel Swift .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min | West Germany:111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Peru:14 | Spain:13 | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | UK:A (original rating) (1949) | USA:Approved | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
According to Michael Wilding's autobiography "The Wilding Way", on one occasion while Ingrid Bergman and Michael Wilding were in the middle of a passionate love scene Hitchcock let out a howl of pain, then in the most gentle tone said "Please move the camera a little to the right. You have just run over my foot." The X-ray revealed later that the camera's weight had broken Hitchcock's big toe.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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...
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Under Capricorn, 12 September 2007
Author: I_John_Barrymore_I from United Kingdom

This is one of Hitchcock's very best films.

1831: Irishman Charles Adare arrives in Australia to make his fortune, and soon hooks up with Sam Flusky, a wealthy landowner with a shady past and a business proposition. Ignoring the orders of his cousin, a local Governor, Charles continues to associate with Flusky and his alcoholic wife Henrietta, who was a friend of Charles' sister many years ago back in Ireland.

The long takes the film is composed of are often masterful. Whereas his previous film Rope felt like a gimmicky experiment (albeit a successful one), here the technique is perfected, and actually serves a purpose. It widens the scope to allow the actors room to deliver fine performances, and to exploit the lavish sets. It also serves to narrow the scope, either to focus attention or withhold crucial information until the last moment (it's especially effective at these two). This focusing/concealing also adds to the sense of Bergman's isolation and entrapment in her environment, and allows for some of the film's best shots.

I'm not a fan of Jack Cardiff, but his colour cinematography is considerably less jarring here than in his Powell-Pressburger outings, and although it does take a while to adjust the eyes, it's perfectly suited to the mood and setting.

Ingrid Bergman delivers what I consider to be her best performance. Henrietta is frail and very vulnerable - a pathetic creature. Yet the strength and dignity that she once possessed is glimpsed at the outset, and gradually comes to the fore without ever completely displacing that vulnerability.

Joseph Cotten likewise does an excellent job. His crippling inferiority complex dictates everything he does, and it's where the film gleans much of its drama. In his own way he's equally as pathetic as Henrietta; trapped in a different kind of mental prison. Sometimes he's unaware of his cruelty, believing himself to be doing the right thing; at others it's as if he can't help himself. He's a man who constantly tries to do good things, yet at every turn he's thwarted either by his own secret past, or his fear of that past. For a man so ostensibly powerful he's easy to knock down, and his reaction to these setbacks just reinforces his own negative perception of himself. This conflict is written on his every gesture and expression.

Michael Wilding's performance as Charles is less technically brilliant, but as the carefree, opportunistic cad who sees in Henrietta the chance to do an act of great kindness he's wonderful. There is great humanity in all three leads, but it's most overt and infectious in Wilding.

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