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The Collector

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1965
  • William Wyler
  • 114 mins
  • X

Summary

Thriller based on the novel by John Fowles, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. When a young bank clerk whose hobby is collecting butterflies wins a large sum on the pools, he tries to add a human specimen to his collection - a girl he has admired for some time from afar.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This thriller is a genuinely disturbing chunk of Grand Guignol about a maladjusted, butterfly-collecting young man who kidnaps an art student and keeps her in his cellar. Based on an equally disturbing and complex novel by John Fowles, this was in its day a fashionable shocker and X-certificated. Now it comes across as a fascinating period piece, featuring two quintessential 1960s stars in possibly their best roles - painfully handsome Terence Stamp as the collector, and beautiful auburn-haired Samantha Eggar as the victim of his attentions. Kenneth More was also cast as Eggar's older lover, but his whole role was removed in the final edit. Veteran William Wyler, best known for the 1939 Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur, was one of the great directors of actors, and thanks to his sure handling this grim charade is both suspenseful and affecting.

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Credits

Cast

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Freddie CleggTerence Stamp
Miranda GreySamantha Eggar
Aunt AnnieMona Washbourne
NeighbourMaurice Dallimore
CrutchleyWilliam Beckley
ClerkGordon Barclay
ClerkDavid Haviland

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Wyler

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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