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The Manxman

1929 1h 30m Drama List
92% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 46% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A woman faces a crisis of conscience when her father insists that she marry a lawyer instead of her true love. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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Dave Kehr Chicago Reader It's no masterpiece, but it's certainly something to see: Hitchcock's early work is full of surprises, dramatic and stylistic. Mar 20, 2012 Full Review Variety Staff Variety The Hall Caine novel from which this film was adapted is a weak one, but the director has done his best with it. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times Filled with enchanting scenes and the story itself is quite well told. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Pamela Hutchinson Silent London It is a sharply beautiful film and Anny Ondra's sleepy-eyed romantic fool gives us a great Hitchcock Blonde before icy Grace Kelly was even born. Mar 23, 2020 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl ..not without its charms, primarily in terms of cinematographer Jack Cox's evocation of the island setting. Rated: 6/10 Dec 26, 2019 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Hitchcock's last silent, a veritable sonata of POV close-ups aimed straight at the camera Jun 7, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Hitchcock uses Cornwall to fill in for the Isle of Man in this early, superb, silent movie. Based on an 1894 novel by Hall Caine of the same name, it's the story of two best friends who are in love with the same girl. After Pete travels abroad to earn some money (after having achieved an agreement with said girl, Kate, to marry him) his best friend Philip and Kate fall in love, but in the mistaken belief that Pete has died, after receiving some misinformation. We know Hitchcock is a master craftsman, and he had already proven this in silent cinema with the previous years' The Ring; an excellent boxing drama released decades before Scorsese would take on the sport in Raging Bull (1980). The Manxman is a tragic tale, one in which every party involved feels the full effect of the originally well intentioned actions, and it is beautifully portrayed by Hitchcock, whose capturing of Cornwall pulls you into the story and the characters lives. If you haven't ever checked out his early work in silent cinema, this is a great place to start, although perhaps not if you feel like a light hearted affair. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Not his most suspenseful film of his silent era but there are signs of his future work there, with some signature Hitchcockian voyeuristic shots. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review michael d A more solidified feeling of Hitchcock in those early years; not the best of his silents but considerably better than some. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I take notes on every movie I watch, including this one; & no matter how many times I go over them, or the multiple internet synopses, for the life of me I can't remember anything about this movie. Apparently the love triangle is basic, the melodrama is unengaging, & the characters are a-holes &/or annoying saps…though I can't stand by any of this because…again…no memory. I think watching so many pre-40s Hitchcock movies in a row is destroying my brain…or the films just aren't that great. (HEY! JUST SAW THE POSTER! AND IT JOGGED MY MEMORY! AND I WAS RIGHT, THIS MOVIE'S NOT VERY GOOD!) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Quite immoral and cruel story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review joel h At the end of The Manxman I found myself asking, "Well, what was the point?" This movie meanders around for a couple of hours while attempting to be a sweeping romantic drama, however, in the end, it doesn't quite reach that goal. It's a bleak story with no real Hitchcock charm. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A woman faces a crisis of conscience when her father insists that she marry a lawyer instead of her true love.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter
Hall Caine, Eliot Stannard
Production Co
British International Pictures
Genre
Drama
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 10, 2015
Runtime
1h 30m
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