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The Collector (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 17 June 1965 (USA)
A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens. That's where art student Miranda Grey comes in. Miranda matches wits with Freddie the icy psychopath. Written by A.M.Putnam

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Shie is young and innocent. He is young...and not so innocent. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Kenneth More claimed in his autobiography that he can be seen for a split second in the background of one shot in the release print of the film. This might have entitled him to sue the film company, but (he also claimed) he was so fond of director William Wyler that he rejected that idea. See more »

Goofs

When Freddie is trying to silence Miranda when she is in the bath, the cones covering her nipples can be clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Clegg: What's got four ears and eight legs?
Miranda Grey: What?
Freddie Clegg: Two dogs.
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Connections

References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Psychological suspense at its best
29 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Classic psychological suspense. The Collector creates sympathy and understanding for Clegg,a shy,impotent bank clerk who wins a fortune in a football pool that enables him to carry out his plan to kidnap Miranda, an art student. Miranda becomes his prisoner, and Clegg believes his captive will fall in love with him once she gets to know him. Miranda comes to realize that she has become an object to be collected,like Clegg's butterflies. Ironically, Miranda matures in her prison. It becomes a struggle between life(art/Miranda) and death(the collection/Clegg). Wyler's film is a true tour de force. He sustains the film with basically 2 characters;no gimmicks or diversions. Excellent performances. Stamp and Eggar are beautifully matched. And the ending is genuinely chilling. Though overused,the music is effective. 9/10


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