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The Wrong Man -- Alfred Hitchcock narrates this trailer for his classic mystery


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26 January 1957 (USA) See more »
"I found a real-life story more terrifying than any fiction... this is it!" Alfred Hitchcock See more »
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics (re-release) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Germany:16 (DVD re-rating) | Peru:14 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2004) | UK:A (original rating) (1957) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #18117) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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On the DVD, the running commentary revealed that when the crew went to film the scenes at the country hotel, Alfred Hitchcock stayed in his limo due to the cold outside and decided to move the production to Hollywood to complete the film.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Manny enters prison, a prisoner shouts "What'd they get you for, Henry?", using the actor's name, Henry Fonda.See more »
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Prologue narrator:This is Alfred Hitchcock speaking. In the past, I have given you many kinds of suspense pictures. But this time, I would like you to see a different one. The difference lies in the fact that this is a true story, every word of it. And yet it contains elements that are stranger than all the fiction that has gone into many of the thrillers that I've made before.
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Referenced in The Wrong Woman (2013) (TV)See more »

58 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Unexpected jewel from the Master, 19 March 1999
Author: Aman Verjee ( from Boston, MA

This is a terrific, dark, taut thriller from Hitchcock, based on a true story. Not his usual ostentatious style, but it plays on the theme of a wrong man caught up in extraordinary events beyond his control (REAR WINDOW, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, PSYCHO).

It may be Hitchcock's most cynical film. Henry Fonda plays a man falsely accused of armed robbery. He is a quiet man, whose life gets turned upside down as a result.

Hitchcock spares us nothing of the horror of the predicament of Fonda's situation. He shows many of the details of how Fonda is accused, arrested, and tried in real time, so we are as fully worn down as the protagonist.

The plot was quite unbelievable by 1950s standards that Hitch needed all the realism he could muster. For example, Hitchcock himself introduces the film in a prologue, to verify that it is indeed based on a true story. Also, don't look for his trademark cameo - he did shoot a scene where he was a customer in a store, but that scene ended up getting cut. Hitchcock personally interviewed all of the participants in the real live drama. And the doctor at the sanitarium is played not by an actor, but by a real doctor.

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