|Starring:||Laurence Olivier, George Sanders, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers, Best Picture Oscar Winners|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Nov 2007|
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I see the word "classic" used too often about mediocre films: this is a truly excellent classic.By roncoach (370 reviews) from suffolk , 13 Dec 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Britain's loss was Hollywood's gain as Hitchcock made his US debut with a crackin' good film-----indeed it is excellent.
The story is excellent and this is one of those rare films where IMHO the movie is better than the book.It is handled with great class and excellence. It builds up to a finale which leaves everyone guessing what actually happened at Mandalay in the years before the film is set. A wonderfully riveting ending to a film that is full of suspense and screen deelight.
Joan Fontaine seems to have made a career out of playing vulnerable, naive and 'under-threat' women----she is absolutely perfect for this film. Laurence Olivier must have come as a surprise....but it's a good surprise : he suits the part so well.
Judith Anderson must receive high praise for her part as Danvers....a superb supporting performance.George Sanders deserves mention too.
The whole film, like all great films, just seems to produce the exact 'chemistry' as if by luck or magic ( when, in fact, it takes a good deal more than accidental magic).
This film stands the test of time. It does not put a foot wrong.
Not only is this one of Hitch's best Hollywood films, certainly the 'classiest', it is enhanced by every department from screenplay to editing, from sets to photography;as well as the superb star performances.
An unforgettable film for lovers of any genre of the screen.
A 'must-see' film which I highly recommend.
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Hitchcock's RebeccaBy Jamandspoon (1 review) from Vauxhall , 23 Jan 2010Great book, great film. Good acting, good ending. Short fuse, short review.
Atmospheric and heart-stoppingly romanticBy Ra-Ra from Leeds, Yorkshire , 01 Dec 2009Watch this film and weep for the loss of the skill of a film maker like Hitchcock. Remember when films had storylines and didn't rely on fancy gadgetry and effect? Neither did I until I watched this amazing movie. Dark, brooding, romantic, achingly beautiful cinematography and fearsome acting from Joan Fontaine and Our Larry. Just the right degree of malice too to make you scared but wanting to watch from behind a cushion. Watch it and feel like you've been touched by greatness.
Cinema masterpieceBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 25 Oct 2009If you are unfamiliar with Hitchcock having built your film library on recent stuff then you can do no better than start here.
A quite chilling thriller, with a stunning performance from Lawrence Olivier, made all the more eery by the super b/w cinematography.
A classic film, and a must see.
RebeccaBy bennet12 (42 reviews) from West Malling , 27 Apr 2009Good tense 1940's film thriller
BrilliantBy Delilahdink (10 reviews) from Helston , 18 Apr 2009This was just wonderful to watch in black and white - having seen the colour version - the black and white just made the film more eerie. Loved it - absolutely gripping.
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