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My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 24 December 1954 (USA)
A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Daphne Du Maurier (from the novel by) (as Daphne du Maurier)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Rachel Ashley (as Olivia deHavilland)
Richard Burton ... Philip Ashley
Audrey Dalton ... Louise Kendall
Ronald Squire ... Nicholas Kendall
George Dolenz ... Guido Rainaldi
John Sutton ... Ambrose Ashley
Tudor Owen ... Seecombe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Rev. Pascoe
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When Philip Ashley's much-loved (and rich) cousin Ambrose dies, he is convinced that Ambrose was murdered by his new wife Rachel to inherit his wealth. But when he meets Rachel and falls in love with her, he knows that his suspicions must have been unfounded. But were they, or is Rachel just trying to use Philip to get at the estate Ambrose left to him instead of to her? And will she murder him next? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

"She makes a secret potion for her lovers to drink!"

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Burton was generally felt to be miscast as he looked too old and mature for the naive character he played, although he was in fact only 26 when the film was made. See more »

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Philip Ashley: Because I love her and nothing else! It isn't a little loving. It isn't a fancy. It isn't something you'd turn on and off. It's everything I think and feel and want and know. And there's no room in me for anything else. And never will be again.
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Guilty or Innocent?
7 September 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On the Cornish coast, the wealthy Ambrose Ashley (John Sutton) raises his cousin Philip like a son since he was a baby. They frequently have lunch or go to the church with Philip's godfather Nicholas Kendall (Ronald Squire) and his daughter Louise Kendall (Audrey Dalton). When Philip (Richard Burton) is twenty-four years old, Ambrose is advised by his doctor to spend winter in warmer places and he decides to go to Florence, Italy. Ambrose does not return in spring and tells that he met the widow Rachel Ashley (Olivia deHavilland) and they will get married. The next letter he receives from Ambrose accuses Rachel of mistreating him and the next one asks to Philip to go to Florence. When Philip arrives in Florence, he learns that Rachel has traveled and he visits Rachel's friend and lawyer Guido Rainaldi (George Dolenz). He tells to Philip that Ambrose died delusional because of a brain tumor, but Philip believes Rachel murdered his cousin. He returns to Cornwall and soon Rachel comes to the town and Philip invites her to stay in his property. When he meets her, Philip realizes that she is a beautiful woman and he falls in love with her. Then he believes that his suspicious are unfounded. He also decides to give all the wealth to her expecting to get married with Rachel. But she does not accept to get married and Philip soon gets sick. Is Rachel poisoning Philip or not? Is she guilty or not?

"My Cousin Rachel" is an intriguing film where unfortunately there is no answer to the main question: is Rachel guilty or innocent? The direction, screenplay, cinematography and performances are top-notch. Inclusive Burt Lancaster was nominated to the Oscar in the category Best Actor in a Supporting Role and won the Golden Globes Most Promising Newcomer – Male. Olivia deHavilland is also amazing performing an ambiguous character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Eu Te Matarei, Querida!" ("I Will Kill You, Darling!)


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