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Freddie, a socially withdrawn bank clerk and butterfly collector, decides to expand to collecting human specimens.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

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1965 (Japan) 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally the film was to be made in black and white. 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: Don't worry. I'll respect your every privacy.
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References Ben-Hur (1959) 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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