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The Collector (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 14 August 1965 (Japan)
A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

John Fowles (novel), John Kohn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Terence Stamp ... Freddie Clegg
Samantha Eggar ... Miranda Grey
Mona Washbourne ... Aunt Annie
Maurice Dallimore ... The Neighbor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth More ... Miranda's Older Friend (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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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You won't dare open your mouth, but you'll be screaming for her to escape! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El coleccionista See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though Samantha Eggar was unhappy with Terence Stamp's cold treatment of her during filming, she couldn't have known that he was simply following William Wyler's instructions and staying in character. Stamp later said, "All the guys had crushes on her, she was so beautiful... I had a crush on her, too, and I was friendly with her. But when we started the movie, Willy said, 'I don't want you to have anything to do with her.' He wanted me to withdraw any friendship. He didn't want her to have anywhere to go or anyone to talk to, except her coach. He didn't want her to be able to come to me in the evening and say, 'God, it's so awful.'" See more »

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Where Freddie returns from the hospital, we can see the numbers from Miranda's calender on the wall in several shots. She had painted over the numbers to mark the passing of time earlier in the film. See more »

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Freddie Clegg: What's got four ears and eight legs?
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Another Masterpiece of William Wyler
24 July 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After winning a large amount in the pool in Reading, the outcast bank clerk and entomologist Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) buys an isolated house in the countryside. He stalks the art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar) in London and uses chloroform to kidnap and bring her in his van to his house. The sociopath Freddie locks Miranda in the cellar and she discovers that he has had an unrequited crush on her since they were teenagers. Freddie promises to respect Miranda with his platonic love and to release her in a month on June, 11th. He shows also his collection of butterflies carefully kept in a room. However, Miranda feels that she is another collectible species only for the deranged man that feels power and control with the situation and he has no intention to let her go.

"The Collector" is another masterpiece of William Wyler that has been copycatted along the years by filmmakers that presently add violence, torture and gore to the plot. The performances of Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar are top-notch in this theatrical film and they succeed to carry alone the whole story. I can not precisely tell how many times I have watched this film, but the last time I had seen it was on 07 October 2000. Surprisingly "The Collector" has only been released in Brazil in a rare VHS, a pride and joy of my collection. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Colecionador" ("The Collector")

Note: On 03 May 2013, I saw this movie again, now on an imported Blu- Ray.


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