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Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 12 April 1940 (USA)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

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Top Rated Movies #173 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... 'Maxim' de Winter
... Mrs. de Winter
... Jack Favell
... Mrs. Danvers
... Major Giles Lacy
... Frank Crawley
... Colonel Julyan
... Beatrice Lacy
... Mrs. Van Hopper
... Coroner
... Dr. Baker
... Ben
... Tabbs
... Frith
Philip Winter ... Robert
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A shy lady's companion, staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. She and Max fall in love, marry and return to Manderley, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his first wife, Rebecca, in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The shadow of a remembered woman came between their lips... but these two had the courage to hope... and to live their love! See more »


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$1,288,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock agreed to test Joan Fontaine only after seeing her play the meek wife in The Women (1939). See more »

Goofs

George is driving on the left-hand side of the road outside Monte Carlo. See more »

Quotes

Maxim de Winter: Happiness is something I know nothing about.
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Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". See more »

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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine
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Haunting Hitchcock.
10 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

The only Alfred Hitchcock (Oscar-nominated for directing) film to win the Best Picture Oscar, "Rebecca" is one of those typical films from the amazing director that chills, entertains and puts you on the edge of your seat each time you watch it. Joan Fontaine (Oscar-nominated) has just married the very wealthy Laurence Olivier (also Oscar-nominated), but she is haunted by his mysterious housekeeper (a show-stopping Oscar-nominated performance by Judith Anderson) and the memory of the film's titled character (Olivier's late wife). Hitchcock, noted for his subtle sexual under-tones in films spares none of that here as Anderson's character and the late titled character's relationship seemed to go much further than employee-employer. Anderson slowly tries to drive Fontaine to insanity and the end she may accomplish her devious goal. Hitchcock's first real major U.S. debut stunned the Academy and audiences alike and would lead to the coveted Best Picture Oscar. It is not the best film the legendary director ever worked on, but it is still an amazingly good production that works on many cinematic levels. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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