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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

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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

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 Melrose Place: Suspicion (1998) See more »

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A bite-your-nails-to-the-quick psycho-thriller

Upon second viewing about 40 years apart, this holds up beautifully. Samantha Eggar (as Miranda) and Terence Stamp (as Freddy) are ideally cast in their respective roles as an art student and the psychopath who kidnaps her. The book is more interesting, with more layers to it (i.e a love story that Miranda has with an older artist)but had to be altered for the screen to include dialogue which the book lacks. Terence Stamp is downright creepy, always trying to fit his obsessive requirements to the object of his desire. His mannerisms and slouch make his character completely believable. Trivia buffs will be interested to know that Kenneth More's part, as Miranda's lover, was completely eliminated from the final cut, here he is seen in only one scene and it is in semi-profile. The ending is terrifying and set me to thinking of how many of these crimes are committed while the rest of the world remains unaware forever. 8 out 10. Fabulous film.


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