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The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 27 June 1962 (Sweden)
Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange ... See full summary »

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Roger Kay

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Robert Bloch
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Complete credited cast:
Glynis Johns ... Jane Lindstrom (as Miss Glynis Johns)
Dan O'Herlihy ... Caligari / Paul (as Mr. Dan O'Herlihy)
Richard Davalos ... Mark Lindstrom (as Dick Davalos)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Frank David
Constance Ford ... Christine
J. Pat O'Malley ... Martin
Vicki Trickett ... Jeanie the Maid
Estelle Winwood ... Ruth
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Vivian
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Bob
Phyllis Teagardin Phyllis Teagardin ... Little Girl
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Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange inhabitants of the estate are willing or capable of helping her escape. Caligari reveals himself as a passive pervert, showing her filthy pictures, spying on her, and trying to make her talk about intimate details of her life. She attempts to free herself by the only means at her disposal. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although several horror/suspense movies (most notably Psycho) were advertised with the warning that patrons would not be seated after film began or during climactic final minutes, ads for this one included the unenforceable caveat that no one would be allowed to leave the theater during the last 13 minutes. See more »

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As Jane sits at the dinner table having a private discussion with Paul, the bowl of lobster bisque she refuses to eat disappears between shots. See more »

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Caligari: How old were you when you first let a man make love to you? Next, who was he? Next, how did you feel at the time? Next, how did you feel afterwards? What did you feel? What did you think? Were you pleased, frightened, ecstatic, disgusted? What did he say? What words did you speak? That's what I want to know. Now. Tell me. Now. Now. All of it, now. Tell me. YES!
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Tell Me! Tell Me! Tell Me!
29 May 2006 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Jane Lindstrom is on vacation when her car gets a flat tire and she walks a long way before ending up at the house of Caligari who welcomes her in. After a strange night in the house, Jane feels uneasy around Caligari, as well as other people living in the house, so she asks to leave but she finds out that no one can help her to leave and she is unable to escape by herself. She finds a friend in Mark, a young man, as well as Paul, an intellectual man with a medical background. As Jane tries to break Caligari, she finds out that her attempts to free herself from the house and the spell of Caligari is becoming hopeless. This is not a remake of the 1919 classic, but does have the expressionistic elements of the original, as well as have its own feel with Jane's descent into madness. Johns gives one of her best and more complex performances and O'Herlihy is very spooky as the title character. Fried's musical score is used brilliantly in the film and is probably the best aspect of the movie. Bloch's script does have nice twists at the end, but is seems to go nowhere for the first hour of the film. Rating, 6.


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