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Jamaica Inn

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1939
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 89 mins
  • PG

Summary

Sci-fi action adventure starring James Franco and Freida Pinto. When scientist Will Rodman's programme of drug experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease is shut down he secretly takes an offspring from one of the chimpanzees he was using into his home and names him Caesar. Caesar has inherited the effects of the trial drug and begins to show remarkable intelligence, a development that will put him on a violent collision course with the humans who have abused him.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock's last picture before his departure for Hollywood is the least of his three Daphne du Maurier adaptations (Rebecca and The Birds being the others). Charles Laughton's self-indulgent performance as the piratical squire goes some way to explaining the film's failure, but Hitch's evident lack of interest in the character's dual nature is mostly to blame. It isn't a completely lost cause, however: Maureen O'Hara is spirited yet vulnerable in her first major role, while art director Tom N Moraham's reconstruction of Regency Cornwall brings a touch of authenticity to an otherwise lacklustre production.

Credits

Cast

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Sir Humphrey PengallanCharles Laughton
Mary YellandMaureen O'Hara
Joss MerlynLeslie Banks
Harry the PeddlerEmlyn Williams
Jem TrehearneRobert Newton
Salvation WatkinsWylie Watson
Patience MerlynMarie Ney
Sea-Lawyer SydneyMorland Graham

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Picture Corp Ltd
Released on
2011-08-12
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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