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Marnie (1964)

Cast: Tippi Hedren, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, more...
Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock
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Studio: Universal Studios
Running Time: 131 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Condemned as being a "disappointing" and "unworthy" Alfred Hitchcock effort at the time of its release, Marnie has since grown in stature; it is still considered a lesser Hitchcock, but a fascinating one. Tippi Hedren plays Marnie, a compulsive thief who cannot stand to be touched by any man. She also goes bonkers over the sight of the color red. Her new boss, Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) is intrigued by Marnie -- to such an extent that he blackmails her into marriage when he stumbles onto her breaking into his safe. Rutland is in his own way as "sick" as his wife because of his fetishist desire to cohabit with a thief. After innumerable plot twists and turns, Marnie is "cured" by a facile but mesmerizing flashback sequence involving her ex-hooker mother (Louise Latham). Among the critical carps aimed at Marnie was the complaint that the studio-bound sets -- particularly the waterfront locale where the film ends -- were tacky and artificial; curiously, this seeming "carelessness" adds to the queasy, off-setting mood that Hitchcock endeavored to sustain. Even when the direction seems to falter, the film is buoyed by the driving musical score of Bernard Herrmann (his last for Hitchcock). Among the supporting actors in Marnie are Mariette Hartley as a secretary and Bruce Dern as a sailor; twelve years later, Dern would star in Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Uber-romance by Texan99 September 8, 2010 - 11:33 AM PDT
For my taste, this is the perfect romance-melodrama. I believe I've read that Tippi Hedren was pretty annoyed at being expected to do a believable job playing a woman who could resist Sean Connery. I dare say no heterosexual females in the audience can. There's a wonderful scene where Ms. Hedren hosts her first swanky party at Connery's side. For various plot reasons (who cares), she's extremely nervous. Connery reassures her: "You're unquestionably the most beautiful woman here, the most intelligent, the best-dressed -- and -- you're with me." Exactly. I can't even guess how many times I've watched and enjoyed this movie. But you really have to have a taste for the "gorgeous man you love to resist" and "unreasonably withholding parent" themes. If that's too cheesy for you, leave this movie to those of us for whom it works like a charm!

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