Rent The Wrong Man (1956)

3.8 of 5 from 90 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
"The Wrong Man" is like and unlike any other Alfred Hitchcock movie. The story packs tension, the images are spellbinding and the dilemma genuinely frightening. But this time the master of suspense dramatizes the harrowing true experiences of a man tried for crimes committed by a lookalike robber. Henry Fonda plays musician Manny Balestrero, a man full of visible but unspoken rage at his wrongful arrest. Vera Miles is his distraught wife Rose, driven to madness by the ordeal. And the right man to bring the unsettling facts of the case to vivid screen life with documentary precision is Hitchcock.
He made New York City a star of the film and cast real-life Balestrero case witnesses in small roles. He shot in many actual locations, among them the Stork Club, Manny's jail cell and Rose's sanitarium.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alfred Hitchcock
Voiced By:
Frances Reid
Narrated By:
Alfred Hitchcock
Writers:
Maxwell Anderson, Angus MacPhail
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/11/2004
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Guilt Trip: Hitchcock and The Wrong Man
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/06/2018
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, Czech, English Hard of Hearing, French, Latin American Spanish, Polish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making-Of Documentary
  • Guilt Trip: Hitchcock and 'The Wrong Man'
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Wrong Man

Good for psychologists - The Wrong Man review by JD

Spoiler Alert
09/08/2015

Henry Fonda is an actor I had heard of but never watched. He justifies his impressive reputation. The importance of this film however for me is showing the gullibility of the mind, in that once guilt has been ascribed its removal is difficult and that some are keener to scrutinise the decision than others. The other area of psychology explored is guilt absorbed by others. A strangely common phenomenon, but in this case to extreme effect. Vera Miles tries I think too hard to be a glamour actress in a role demanding much more, but just about brings off the point of the plot.

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Hitchcock Vérité - The Wrong Man review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
20/02/2021

 Brilliant and atypical (for Hitchcock) docudrama which feels part of the movement of new realism that swept American cinema in the fifties in the wake of Italian neorealism.

I love the opening credit scene in a b&w Stork Club where Henry Fonda plays in the band, when a woman suddenly looks into the camera, as if to stress that this is being made to look like a documentary and it's a long, long way from the Hitchworld of spectacular action set pieces and sexual innuendo with an icy blonde on a speeding train. He then throws in a series of jump cuts, to show how up to date he is.

An innocent man is wrongly accused of robbery by a negligent, mediocre judicial system, and his life and marriage fall apart under the impact. Fonda and Vera Miles are extremely affecting and believable as the couple, and Hitchcock and cinematographer Robert Burks shoot New York on location in that realistic Weegee style at least as well as anyone else at the time.

Hitch introduces the film and emphasises that this is a true story. It covers the familiar Hitchcock themes of guilt, mental instability and the imperfection of justice, and it's just as suspenseful as any of his films. But its look is transformed. 

  

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