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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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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 (79) »

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Almost a love story. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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 »

Company Credits

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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

According to the Book "Searching for stars: stardom and screen acting in British cinema", Kenneth More was unhappy when he found out that his scenes were completely cut from this film. See more »

Goofs

Where Freddie returns from the hospital, we can see the numbers from Miranda's calender on the wall in several shots. She had painted over the numbers to mark the passing of time earlier in the film. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Clegg: What's got four ears and eight legs?
Miranda Grey: What?
Freddie Clegg: Two dogs.
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Connections

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

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Psychological suspense at its best
29 November 2004 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

Classic psychological suspense. The Collector creates sympathy and understanding for Clegg,a shy,impotent bank clerk who wins a fortune in a football pool that enables him to carry out his plan to kidnap Miranda, an art student. Miranda becomes his prisoner, and Clegg believes his captive will fall in love with him once she gets to know him. Miranda comes to realize that she has become an object to be collected,like Clegg's butterflies. Ironically, Miranda matures in her prison. It becomes a struggle between life(art/Miranda) and death(the collection/Clegg). Wyler's film is a true tour de force. He sustains the film with basically 2 characters;no gimmicks or diversions. Excellent performances. Stamp and Eggar are beautifully matched. And the ending is genuinely chilling. Though overused,the music is effective. 9/10


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