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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More was originally cast as Samantha Eggar's secret lover but all of his scenes were cut from the final print. 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: There'd be a blooming lot more of this sort of thing, if more people had the time and the money.
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16 April 2017 | by duffjerroldorgSee all my reviews

Gorgeous in a rather creepy, uncomfortable way. Terence Stamp is superb and Samantha Eggar, extraordinary. The sexual tension is tangible even if it is one sided. That's were the sickness resides. He is convinced that she will eventually love him. Isn't that the definition of madness? But when that madness looks like Terence Stamp, everything becomes immediately more complicated. I sat hoping for both their hopes to be fulfilled. Absurd, right? Perhaps but I wanted her to escape and I wanted him to have a moment of real honest intimacy with her - Impossible I know but that's what makes The Collector so compelling. The scene where he takes her out of the bathtub is one of the most perverse sex scenes without sex I've ever seen. Samantha Eggar was nominated for an Oscar but not Terence Stamp. In my own wishful mind, he won, big time. He certainly deserved it.


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