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The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)

Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Suzanne Finstad (book), Warren G. Harris (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justine Waddell ... Natalie Wood
Michael Weatherly ... Robert Wagner
Matthew Settle ... Warren Beatty
Colin Friels ... Nick Gurdin
Elizabeth Rice ... Teenage Natalie Wood
Grace Fulton ... Young natalie wood
Robert Taylor ... Nicholas Ray
Alice Krige ... Maria Gurdin
Malcolm Kennard ... Christopher Walken
Christopher Pate Christopher Pate ... Elia Kazan
John Noble ... Irving Pichel, Director
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe ... Jack Warner
Steven Vidler ... Richard Gregson
Sophie Monk ... Marilyn Monroe
Nathalie Roy Nathalie Roy ... Lana Wood
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Storyline

Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to serious actress, dating the top names in Hollywood, her life and marriage to her husband, Robert Wagner, and her biggest fear that ended up being the cause of her death. Written by mariangel_2000

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From child star to Hollywood legend.


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Official Sites:

ABC

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looking for Natalie Wood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Friels this is the second time he played a child stars father the first time was as Shirley Temples father See more »

Goofs

"Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard can be heard playing at Natalie's 15th birthday party. However, this is set in 1953 and the song did not come out until 1956, three years later. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Wood: I don't really have a clear perception of myself, ya know. I mean I've always been Betty Davis' daughter or Maureen O'Hara's daughter or Jimmy Stewart's daughter or something like that, but I've been sorta discombobulated Morris. I mean I don't really know how to be... other than acting. I don't really know how I want my house to be or what pleases me or what kind an atmosphere. I sorta have to figure all that out.
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Rags to Riches
Performed by Michael Dees
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Justine Waddell is Luminous
28 July 2005 | by pattymichaelsSee all my reviews

I loved watching this on cable. I'm astounded by Justine Waddell's performance. Not only is she a Brit coping with a flawless American accent but she brings such warmth and charisma to the late, great star. There are times when you're watching the movie when you don't know if its her or the late Natalie Wood on screen. In particular there is a scene in West Side Story that's eerie. And a moving scene when she calls her mother that seems to come straight from Inside Daisy Clover. The script certainly isn't the best and the direction is hackneyed. Great actors like Alice Krige come off as ghoulish stereotypes. But watch it for Justine, her beauty, her talent and her ability to deal delicately with dark subject matter are totally apparent.


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