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The Collector (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | October 1965 (UK)
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... (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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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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Plot Keywords:

insect | bug | pest | invertebrate | vermin | See All (78) »

Taglines:

You won't dare open your mouth, but you'll be screaming for her to escape! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El coleccionista See more »

Filming Locations:

Chilham, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the kitchen a calendar is shown for the month of May. The film was made in 1965, however the month of May shown corresponds to 1966. This was most likely done to show the probable release year of the film on the calendar, rather than the year it was made. See more »

Goofs

By the fireplace, Freddie's shirt changes from unbuttoned to buttoned awfully fast. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Clegg: Don't worry. I'll respect your every privacy.
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Connections

Referenced in Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Cure for an Obsession: Get Another One..
6 May 2014 | by Valar_MorghuIisSee all my reviews

I started watching this movie by chance and the first few scenes were so captivating that I had to watch it till the end.. at that time I was not aware that its a movie by 'William Wyler' who's famous for movies like 'Ben-Hur', 'The Best Years of Our Lives', and 'Roman Holiday'.

A two hour drama focused mostly on only two characters (Freddie Clegg and Miranda Grey) with many long scenes with no dialog at all apparently seems a boring idea but screenplay is brilliant, editing is prefect and each moment is deliberate.. the element of suspense is heightened to the point of tension that just kept me hooked into watching more to know what will happen next.. and above all, the dark instability of Freddie's character and his gradually intimate series of arguments, conflicts, confrontations and negotiations with Miranda was more than enough to keep me on edge throughout..

Freddie Clegg, the shy and introvert bank clerk who got a chance to make true what had previously been only his fantasy.. there are so many shades in this character.. driven by obsession & regression.. one moment he seems harmless, eager to please, and dismal in his desire for love and care.. and next moment he is bitter, stubborn and self-centered to the point of becoming blind to anyone else's feelings and thoughts.. one is always uncertain of what to expect from him next.. Terence Stamp is just terrific as Freddie Clegg and portrayed each and every shade of Freddie's personality with utmost brilliance..

Miranda Grey, a young art student.. the object of Freddie's desire.. her real personality is of an extrovert, confident, independent and dynamic girl who want to do so much in life but owning to circumstances imposed on her, she has to become an obedient and submissive person.. Samantha Eggar played this character perfectly.. one can see how initially she's in anger and pain of denying her real personality but near end how she actually become the one..

Stories where characters are portrayed as black & white, evil & innocent, wrong & right seems boring to me.. I enjoy situations when both the right and wrong person are equally confident that they're right.. confident to that extent that you become doubtful that who is right in real.. or if both are right at the same time.. this movie certainly offer such experience.. throughout the movie viewers must try to understand both character's perspectives..

I love how the title of the film reflects the hobby of collecting butterflies and the subject of the film as two sides of the same coin.. smart, beautiful yet creepy.. dialogs are effective and kind of that stays in memory.. one that is on my mind is 'It's no good shouting. You can't be heard. And anyway, there's no one to hear.' and yes, 'They're looking for you, but nobody is looking for me.', and then that entire argument over the Picasso's painting.. so many scenes, dialogs are just stuck into mind and will stay here for long I guess..


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