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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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

Kenneth More claimed in his autobiography that he can be seen for a split second in the background of one shot in the release print of the film. This might have entitled him to sue the film company, but (he also claimed) he was so fond of director William Wyler that he rejected that idea. 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: Don't worry. I'll respect your every privacy.
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Connections

Referenced in Blind Beast (1969) See more »

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Terrence Stamp Delivers Creepy Performance in Deeply Unsettling Film
12 December 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

This intensely creepy film showcases director William Wyler in his intimate, character-study mode, and features a superb performance from Terrence Stamp in the title role, as the "collector" of beauty. Stamp creates a portrait of sexual obsession that is every bit as unsettling in its way as the long legacy of serial killer movies in existence. Samantha Eggar, as one of Stamp's "specimens," is used more as a catalyst for driving the plot and less as a character for whom we have any great deal of interest. Is that a flaw of the material or the intention of Wyler and novelist John Fowles, on whose book this is based? If their intention was to make us sympathize with, and even relate to, the character with the obsession, they succeed brilliantly.

The ending genuinely surprised me, which happens all too infrequently in movies like this. The film feels like a product of independent cinema before independent cinema really existed.

Grade: A


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