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      My Cousin Rachel

      Released Dec 24, 1954 1 hr. 38 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      60% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 74% 250+ Ratings Audience Score When Philip Ashley's (Richard Burton) wealthy cousin, Ambrose (John Sutton), dies suddenly, his suspicions drift to Ambrose's new and icy wife, Rachel (Olivia de Havilland), who stands to benefit greatly from his cousin's death. When Ashley is introduced to Rachel at Ambrose's funeral, however, his fears are immediately laid to rest: how could such a beautiful young woman possibly be a murderer? But when the estate is left to Ashley, he begins to fear for his life. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 01 Buy Now

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      ashley h My Cousin Rachel is a terrific film. It is about a young man who plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin. Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland give fantastic performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Henry Koster did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery. My Cousin Rachel is a must see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review william k Superior adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier,novel has, similar to Rebecca, a mystery about an enigmatic woman and good Gothic settings and atmosphere as well as a competent cast, although the the ending is somewhat confusing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Really solid drama with great acting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review matthew d A well made Gothic period drama. Henry Koster's atmospheric direction is excellent for his moody period drama My Cousin Rachel (1952). Koster knows how to pull performances out of people that are effective. All of Joseph LaShelle's black and white cinematography is striking with shadows everywhere in a dark manor. I love Daphne du Maurier's writing about a conniving woman playing men for their fortunes and a miserable young man overzealous in his affections and suspicious about his love. Nunnally Johnson's script is poignant, yet fun as he plays with language and conversation with underlying meanings to every word. I liked Franz Waxman's melodic and dreary score that gives My Cousin Rachel a bleak vibe. Olivia de Havilland is quite pretty and intriguing as the manipulative and charming Mrs. Rachel Sangalletti Ashley. Havilland excels at expressing Rachel's true feelings with a screw of her mouth, a quick pout, or a roll of the eyes. Richard Burton is intense, sympathetic, manic, and over the top as Philip Ashley. He's rightfully accusatory, but then goes overboard in his zeal for love. Burton plays Philip quite well. Audrey Dalton is absolutely gorgeous as Louise Kendall in My Cousin Rachel and honestly prettier than Olivia de Havilland. She's a neat foil for Burton to converse with as they ruminate, discuss, and contemplate Rachel's schemes. Everyone else is rather forgettable and conventional. I liked this movie, but I wanted to love it. It's so technically well made, but for a 98 minute long movie, it does have some boring parts. It could have been edited with more of a flair to keep me more engaged. I love the lead performances and music score though. In all, My Cousin Rachel is a classic that mostly holds up to contemporary standards. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Entre gòtica y misteriosa. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Today, it's mainly remembered for nabbing Richard Burton a ridiculous Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor -- ridiculous not because he's bad in the film, but ridiculous because he's the lead actor and appears in almost every scene in the picture. Rated: 3/4 Sep 18, 2021 Full Review Manny Farber The Nation The picture happens to be a mystery, but because it is tied to the wispy conventions of romantic fiction, it never gets on the road. Sep 15, 2021 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Retro Set ...a delicious romantic melodrama ruthlessly dissecting the fragility of the male ego that's remembered less for its own merit than the notedness of its cast and crew. Rated: 7/10 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Overwrought melodrama." Rated: C+ Apr 15, 2016 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Richard Burton received his first Oscar nomination for his American debut in this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel, co-starring Olivia de Havilland. Rated: B Jun 17, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When Philip Ashley's (Richard Burton) wealthy cousin, Ambrose (John Sutton), dies suddenly, his suspicions drift to Ambrose's new and icy wife, Rachel (Olivia de Havilland), who stands to benefit greatly from his cousin's death. When Ashley is introduced to Rachel at Ambrose's funeral, however, his fears are immediately laid to rest: how could such a beautiful young woman possibly be a murderer? But when the estate is left to Ashley, he begins to fear for his life.
      Director
      Henry Koster
      Screenwriter
      Nunnally Johnson
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 24, 1954, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2011
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