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      The Collector

      Released Jun 17, 1965 1 hr. 59 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      82% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Clerk Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp), an avid butterfly collector, wins a football pool and buys a country house with a large basement. He then kidnaps art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar), a longtime crush of his, after trailing her in a van. Freddie locks Miranda in the basement, and buys her clothes and books, so that she can get to know him. They initially agree that she will stay at the house for a month, but Miranda fears what will happen when the time comes for her to leave. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 16 Buy Now

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      Alec B Stamp and Eggar keep the movie grounded whenever it threatens to jettison all believability. Also, I appreciate that they kept the cynical ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review JJJJJJ J The premise of the film seems very basic. Man kidnaps women locks her in room where she can't get out. The plot would usually turn to her trying to get out before realizing that its better to try to appease him/get on his good side so she can trick him and escape. However this is not where the film goes. Instead the film creates a more complex kidnapper uses this to explore the relationship between the two. The complexity of the kidnapper is what drives this film but the evolution of the kidnapped and her psyche are what keeps it interesting. There are some interesting parallels to those in abusing and controlling relationships. Where this film falls flat is in how this story is told. It just was not well done visually and some scenes/shots just felt to long for me. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night so maybe I was just tired but I felt it was just not that engaging from an emotional level. Overall I think this is good watch for fan's of 'exploration of the psychopath' plot and those that enjoy the 1960s aesthetic otherwise its probably a skip. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review red t An Underrated Classic Thriller. Acting was very good with a very unique awkward chemistry between the two leads that I haven't seen before a lot. The Editing was excellent in this. The Music was very good also being very charmingly creepy. The plot is very simple and tension is consistently kept as 90% of the movie is in one location with a lot of layered interactions to provide solid depth. The Cinematography was very subtle with tons of panning, close up, slight zoom in and deep focus all very well done which is a hallmark of all Wyler films. Really there is only two slight problems I had with this. The pacing was very good overall being consistent throughout the entire run time but in a thriller I expect the pacing to get more frantic as the plot progresses and that really never happened and it felt like a let down somewhat. This would've been fixed if the acting would've been phenomenal which I felt it never crossed into for me but came close at times. Definitely worth a watch if you a fan of thrillers, William Wyler, or 60's movies in general. A Classic Of It's Era For Sure! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I read the book years ago and from what I remember this follows the storyline very closely. Both actors do a great job, obviously having already read the book it does spoil the film as the ending is already known. The tension is present, the cat-and-mouse is present. It a great film which deserves more attention and play time as it is never on TV. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member it is a good movie , good scenes , good dialogue but a little bit boring I recommand it but I must say that it should not be seen as a thriller because it's not it must be seen as a classical or so i think Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Stamp and Eggar keep the movie grounded whenever it threatens to jettison all believability. Also, I appreciate that they kept the cynical ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Bosley Crowther New York Times Mr. Wyler has turned in a tempting and frequently startling, bewitching film, but he has failed to make it any more than a low-key chiller that melts in a conventional puddle of warm blood towards the end. May 9, 2005 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Perhaps the most interesting element of John Fowles’s novel is its alternation between two narrator... By jettisoning this structure, this 1965 film has precious little to hold one’s interest, apart from Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar as the leads. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Elizabeth Hardwick Vogue William Wyler's gloss is everywhere on the film. It is sure, professional, satisfactory as a production, and yet the whole feeling is one of gloss. The grainy, worn surface of this pitiless drama hardly ever exposes itself to us. Jun 20, 2023 Full Review Judith Crist New York Herald Tribune It is Stamp who raises The Collector to heights of parable, who brings significance to and sustains the suspense. His performance is brilliant in its gauge of the madness of a madman. Aug 15, 2022 Full Review Don Strachan Los Angeles Free Press The Collector's weaknesses are not enough to destroy an essentially good film. It passes the ultimate critical test in that it compels a fair degree of involvement. Feb 4, 2020 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia There's malice there, but it's cold and unpredictable. Oct 30, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Clerk Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp), an avid butterfly collector, wins a football pool and buys a country house with a large basement. He then kidnaps art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar), a longtime crush of his, after trailing her in a van. Freddie locks Miranda in the basement, and buys her clothes and books, so that she can get to know him. They initially agree that she will stay at the house for a month, but Miranda fears what will happen when the time comes for her to leave.
      Director
      William Wyler
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 17, 1965, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 15, 2010
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