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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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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Wood was only five feet tall. Justine Waddell is five-foot ten, making her nearly a foot taller than Wood. 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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Second Time Around
Performed by Michael Dees
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the mystery revealed...
12 March 2004 | by Princess5363See all my reviews

The story of Natalie Wood takes the audience from before she was born (when her mother was told by a gypsy that her second daughter would be famous and beautiful, but that she should be weary of water) to the last days of her life (until her mysterious drowning death off of Catalina Island).

Justine Waddell does a wonderful job bringing the adult Natalie back to life. She looks like her and attempts to talk like her. Her role in the movie is more important and brings so much more life to the performance than any of the other characters combined. Her twice husband, Robert Wagner, was portrayed by Michael Weatherly, whose performance was just okay.

The big question of the movie is just how authentic it is. It was produced by Natalie's sister, Lana Wood, but after watching it one wonders just how true it all is, specifically the relationship between Natalie and her mother, Maria.

Many people have complained about the length of the movie (3 hours) but I don't find anything wrong with it. The time is well spent telling in detail all of the events of Natalie's dramatic life. Overall 9/10 for the story and the performance of Justine Waddell.


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