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Marnie (1964)

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Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Winston Graham (from the novel by), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tippi Hedren ... Marnie Edgar (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
Martin Gabel ... Sidney Strutt
Sean Connery ... Mark Rutland
Louise Latham ... Bernice Edgar
Diane Baker ... Lil Mainwaring
Alan Napier ... Mr. Rutland
Bob Sweeney Bob Sweeney ... Cousin Bob
Milton Selzer ... Man at Track
Henry Beckman ... First Detective
Edith Evanson Edith Evanson ... Rita - Cleaning Woman
Mariette Hartley ... Susan Clabon
Bruce Dern ... Sailor
S. John Launer ... Sam Ward
Meg Wyllie ... Mrs. Turpin
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Storyline

Marnie Edgar is a habitual liar and a thief who gets jobs as a secretary and after a few months robs the firms in question, usually of several thousand dollars. When she gets a job at Rutland's, she also catches the eye of the handsome owner, Mark Rutland. He prevents her from stealing and running off, as is her usual pattern, but also forces her to marry him. Their honeymoon is a disaster and she cannot stand to have a man touch her, and on their return home, Mark has a private detective look into her past. When he has the details of what happened in her childhood to make her what she is, he arranges a confrontation with her mother realizing that reliving the terrible events that occurred in her childhood and bringing out those repressed memories is the only way to save her. Written by garykmcd

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie See more »

Filming Locations:

San Jose, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Louise Latham came onto the set in her "young" make-up to film the climactic flashback, she looked so different, that the cameraman began to ask around to find out who the new actress was. See more »

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When Marnie enters Mark's office to rob the safe, in order to build suspense there are 3 quick close up shots of the safe's dial. In the first 2 shots, the dial is set on 62; in the third shot the dial reads zero, although Marnie is not near it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sidney Strutt: Robbed! Cleaned out! $9,967! Precisely as I told you over the telephone. And that girl did it. Marion Holland. That's the girl. Marion Holland.
First Detective: Can you describe her, Mr. Strutt?
Sidney Strutt: Certainly I can describe her: five feet five, 110 pounds, size 8 dress, blue eyes, black wavy hair, even features, good teeth.
[detectives unable to restrain laughter]
Sidney Strutt: Well what's so damn funny? There's been a grand larceny committed on these premises.
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Alternate Versions

Dialogue in the final scene reveals that Marnie's mother had given up her virginity at 15 to Marnie's father in exchange for a sweater. Just before the film's release the studio had second thoughts about this part, and Alfred Hitchcock agreed to cut the lines. But hundreds of prints had already been made, and rather than incur the cost of reprinting the final reel of each, the studio released them as they were, so there were two versions of the film from the outset. See more »

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Great, Genius
2 October 2003 | by scream25281See all my reviews

Marnie is a misunderstood masterpiece from the Hitchcock. Often cited as an example of a messy, flawed genius - it can be off putting to some since its quite talky. However stick with it and you will be intrigued and itching to discover all about Marnie (contrary to what most say, played with understated brilliance from Tippi Hedren).

The direction and cinematography is exceptional with Hitchcock and his usual crew i.e. Rob Burks etc on form. The atmosphere generated (apart from being 'Hitchcocky') is unique, dark, gloomy and at times akin to a horror film, yet it is utterly appealing and compelling. Theres an almost creepy, artificial humanless feel to proceedings as a result of the direction and how the actors have been directed to act as is briefly highlighted by a Hitchcock scholar in the documentary on the disk. Hitchcock knows the art of cinema, no flashy fast cuts or fast moving camera's as we see nowadays, but measured, inspired direction laced with flourishes of creative genius (thats Hithcock for you). Atmosphere, emotion is built up like poetry. Witness for example some moments of genius such as the final revelation, in what is one of Hitchcocks most underrated, powerful and shocking pieces of direction; the riding sequence which culminates in Marnies fantastic yet disturbing line of dialogue, " there there....", and also sinister momnets such as when Marnies mother wakes here from her nightmare- her voice disturbingly artificial in its lack of emotion and empathy for a clearly distraught Marnie.

Speaking of the mother, Louise Latham -the actress behind the role effortlessly steals the show from an already superb Hedren and Connery. Latham eleicits an absolutely breathtaking performance. Her character is frighteningly creepy, tragic, powerful and marvellously played to keep up the suspense and intrigue. You don't know what to make of the character except of the fact she knows or has played a part in Marnies psychological condition. In fact I would go as far as to say it is one of the greatest performances in a Hitchcock picture - an example of genius casting. Similarly her character is arguably the greatest 'mother' character in any Hitchcock film beating Pyscho and Notorious' madame Sebastion.

Marnie is a truly great picture and definetly Hitchcocks last great although Frenzy is a nice enough distraction. Not as good as Vertigo or Rear Window but certainly up there in the higher echelons of Hitchcocks work.

9/10


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