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The Collector (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 14 August 1965 (Japan)
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 & 8 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 ... Miranda's Older Friend (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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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 | vermin | beetle | See All (79) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Two small cut scenes were used in the film's theatrical trailer. The first is where Samantha Eggar is talking, with her left hand on the back of her head. The second is where Samantha Eggar is sitting right next to a window and it's raining outside. See more »

Goofs

You can call Freddie "Lightning" because of the speed he can change his socks. When he and Miranda agree on the four weeks, we can see that in the cellar Freddie has brown socks on. But right after that when he sits down in the garden, his socks are blue. 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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Connections

Referenced in Misery (1990) See more »

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29 March 1999 | by theravesSee all my reviews

I should have commented on this excellent film long ago. I first saw it in the late 1970s on television and was immediately entranced by both Stamp and Eggar whose performances are are simply riveting. It is an almost "Hitchcockian" film, in that tension and suggestion are used to maximum effect keeping the viewer on the edge of their chair. This is a film that I'd love to see re-made or re-discovered, but again like Hitchcock's best, it owes a great deal of its impact to the time in which it was made and would likely suffer at the hands of a lesser director than Wyler. Fowles work is captured (like Miranda) and viewed with microscopic clarity through Freddy's watchful eye. It has also inspired a song called "Chastity" from The Raves CD, "Past Perfect Tense" which relates the whole of the story. SEE THIS FILM.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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