Marnie (1964)

“I’m fighting a powerful impulse to beat the hell out of you.” – Mark

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A wealthy man falls in love with a woman who he suspects is a compulsive thief along with having a very dark past.

My Take on it – The more and more films made by Alfred Hitchcock that I get exposed to, the more I realize how different each are yet somehow they all have some great thrilling moments along with complex plots that seem to usually work.

Loved the way that we are presented with characters who each have their shady side to them and it’s almost impossible to accurately know who is suppose to be good or bad here because they all have bits and pieces of each.

The casting of Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren as the two leads were great choices because both were rightfully cast against type here which makes their performances even better.

This film does a nice job presenting us with so many psychological aspects of the reasoning behind the actions of the characters and I’m sure that if this was made today, they would have delved even deeper into these parts of the story because even with just seeing the tip of the iceberg here, the ideas are fascinating to mull over for quite some time after watching this film.

The story could have been a bit tighter and there are a few scenes which drag a bit, but overall they did a wonderful job with this psychological thriller that keeps us guessing til the end due to its twists and turns.

It may not be Hitchcock’s best, but it comes close tho.

The added factor that this is among Connery’s best performances ever also helps.

Bottom Line – Hitchcock once again is able to give us a great story with very shady characters where we aren’t always sure who to side with.  Connery and Hedren are both cats against type here and are able to give even better performances because of it. If this was made today they would delve deeper into the psychological aspects of this film because they can be so fascinating to ponder.  Drags a bit towards the end , but still worth watching for the twists and turns the whole way through.  Connery really shines here in one of his best roles. Not Hitchcock’s best, but still done quite well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After rehearsing just a few scenes with co-star Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren asked Alfred Hitchcock, “Marnie is supposed to be frigid – have you seen him?” referring to the young Connery. Hitchcock’s reply was reportedly, “Yes, my dear, it’s called acting.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Marnie (1964)

  1. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan (even had the pleasure of meeting him twice in film school), but for me, Marnie falls decidedly into his mid range. Not bad, definitely not great. Nor do I think it’s one of Connery’s best performances. It has touches from some of his other films (including oft used lead actress Hedren) – but none of it (for me) fits together in as cohesive a whole as much of his other work. Too bad. I wish that Connery, in his only film with Hitchcock, had a more meaty role, a la James
    Stewart or Cary Grant. The same thing happened the only time Hitch worked with Paul Newman – a middling movie – Torn Curtain. I actually liked Newman better in a similar (non Hitchcock directed) movie – The Prize.

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