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Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964)

"Tippi" Hedren , Sean Connery , Alfred Hitchcock  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: "Tippi" Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Bruce Dern
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MCA Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IXSVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, illustrates his spellbinding talents in this unrelenting psychological thriller. Tippi Hedren is the troubled title character, a compulsive thief and liar caught in the act by Sean Connery. Rather than turn her over to the law, Connery impulsively marries the frigid, disturbed girl in an attempt to discover the reasons for her ongoing antisocial behavior. The shocking story unfold with typical Hitchcock flourishes, including impressionistic backgrounds and dazzling photography that leads to a senses-shattering climax. Costarring Diane Baker, Martin Gabel and Bruce Dern, the unnerving love story features the riveting music of Bernard Hermann and the unrivaled genius of Alfred Hitchcock.

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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's last great film June 7, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This was a critical fiasco when it came out in the early Sixties, and Hedren was widely blamed for the film's failure. Most film critics now see it as one of Hitchcock's greatest masterpieces from his late mature period, however--on a par with VERTIGO, PSYCHO, and THE BIRDS.
This is not a film for those new to Hitchcock or his themes: the lack of a typical mystery or suspense plot may seem surprising for those expecting Hitchcock's more obvious bag of tricks. But as an in-depth character study of a truly unhappy woman and the (just as pathological) man who loves her, this one is every bit as riveting and fascinating and anything Hitchcock ever did--and when Marnie enters the Rutland mansion in her riding habit wielding a pistol after the foxhunting sequence you'll be at the edge of your seat to see what she'll do.
The linchpin of the film is Hedren, who gives what must be the most underrated performance in Hitchcock's oeuvre--and clearly one of the very finest. Her refusal to warm up--either to Connery's character or to audiences--has made it a difficult performance for many to grasp, but those who dismiss it are greatly mistaken. Her joy when Connery brings her beloved horse to the mansion, her faltering childlike tones during the film's denouement, and her lightning-fast changes of mood during the great word-association secene show how truly talented and stunning this actress really is. You have only to see her incredible facial expression during the hunting scene when the hounds are ripping up the fox to shreds (and Marnie's aristocratic friends are laughing at the spectacle) to appreciate what a complex talent Hedren is, and how thoroughly Hollywood wasted its opportunities to use her well.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Marnie on DVD July 29, 2000
This is one of Hitchcock's masterpieces. It has been highly underrated and misunderstood by viewers and many critics alike. It is not a straightforward narrative as it deals with the compulsive and obsessive nature of its two main characters (Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery). The viewer has to become absorbed and drawn into the film's sights and sounds. The viewer has to elicit from what is seen and heard to fathom the motivations of the film's two main characters. Some of its images are just unforgettable and disturbingly haunting. Sound too plays an important part in the viewer's experience. In accompaniment is Bernard Herrmann's low key score. I watched this film again several times over. Herrmann's score is always present, yet never intrusive. I used to think this score was somewhat repetitive, but it is quite diverse. It complements the images in such a way that it almost evokes some hidden and suppressed experience from the viewer that creates an emotional bond with the main title character of the film. I found the DVD print to be of exceptional quality and most pleasing in the wide-screen presentation (a prerequisite in this format). The supplemental material on the disc was interesting and worthwhile, especially the discussion on the evolution of the film from print to image. I highly recommend this DVD and was surprised to see it released in this format prior to other Hitchcock films.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo's little sister April 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A perfect companion piece for those who enjoyed Vertigo, and if you consider Vertigo among Hitchcock's best, you will probably enjoy this very similar "case study" of a film.
As in the earlier film, Marnie features a plot-heavy set-up (which is involving but not quite as magical as Vertigo's) which gives way to the second part of the film, the "conversion". Instead of James Stewart trying to makeover Kim Novak, we have Sean Connery trying to solve Tippi Hedren's psychological problems.
What makes this variation so noteworthy is that both the "doctor" and his "patient" have problems. Consider the motivations (and methods) of Connery's character, and you'll find someone about as messed up as Scottie from Vertigo.
As for the filmmaking itself, the color fades used so successfully in Vertigo are employed again to great effect. There are some amazing compositional motifs in this film; see how Hitchcock makes a claustrophobic location like a cruise ship seem wide-open & empty. Do you ever see any other passengers?
This well-acted film is at times romantic, funny, suspenseful, and sad. The themes touched on here are pretty ahead of their time (and like Vertigo pretty twisted for its time), and the psychobabble isn't as cringe-inducing as in Psycho or Spellbound. More than meets the eye, and Hitchcock's most underrated gem.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound in Reverse! November 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
One of the great disappointments of Alfred Hitchcock's career was the failure of Marnie to be the commercial and critical success he had hoped it would be. But some things seem to improve with age, and such is the case with Marnie. It's hard to figure out why this film wasn't immediately well received, especially when it has so many great Hitchcock elements that were winners in the past. Marnie (`Tippi' Hedren), is the portrait of a disturbed young woman who because of some, perhaps, childhood trauma cannot establish healthy relationships with men. Another part of her "psychosis" involves her being a thief as well. After Marnie establishes herself in one job, she robs her employer, changes her look and identity and then moves on to the next. When Marnie takes a job at Mark Rutland's (Sean Connery) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania publishing house (not his insurance company, as per the reviewer), the pattern begins again. Only this time, Connery finds himself drawn to Hedren, wanting to help, but at the same time, finding himself falling in love with her. Connery a student of zoology and human behavior, is intrigued by Hedren's problems and is determined to get to the bottom of her troubles. (This scenario is almost the reverse of Spellbound, where Ingrid Bergman is determined to find out what is causing Gregory Peck to act the way he does.) Connery convinces Hedren to marry him as a way of keeping her out of jail for her crimes (and to determine the psychological reason for her present behavior). That's when the real fun begins. Marnie is much more disturbed than Connery had originally suspected, but he is even more determined than ever to get her the help she needs. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's Best. One of his Most Difficult to Find films
My favorite Alfred Hitchcock film of all time. This particular film is VERY difficult to locate in stores; believe me, I've looked for it for 10 years. Read more
Published 6 days ago by BrittanyBlue
5.0 out of 5 stars Marnie
It is pure HITCHCOCK

Grace Kelly was coming back to Hitchcock even though she was Princess
When Marnie was ready to shoot Grace Kelly had to bow out
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Published 7 days ago by PROBE CONTROL
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, later Hitchcock
The story of Marnie, if that's her name, and the compulsion that drives her to steal money to give to her mother is the subject of this beautiful, and twisting little tale by... Read more
Published 8 days ago by mauvaisgenie
5.0 out of 5 stars Tippi Hedren is brilliant !!!!
Arrived fast and the quality of DVD is wonderful.
It has BONUS features also. Marnie is a very interesting romantic thriller. Read more
Published 13 days ago by limemint
5.0 out of 5 stars At the top of my watch yearly list
This is no light fluffy thriller with a blond. Not your usual Hitchcock thriller but if you know anything about Hitchcock you can really see his personal twists! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Debra L Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great film
especially if you are aware that Alfred Hitchcock had a major crush on Tippi Hedren at the time. Ms. Hedren insisted on using real birds and doing the scenes herself. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Arlene M. Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful Tippi Hedren and the dashing Sean Connery in a Hitccock...
I remember seeing Marnie in the summer of 1964 and being disappointed by it. True, I was only 14 at the time and probably did not understand aspects of it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Gary P. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars HITCHCOCK BEST!!
I absolutely loved this old Hitchcock suspense.. Sean Connery is sexy at his best.. Tippi is MARNIE!!! Love this thriller .. never tire of watching it late at night!
Published 1 month ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars You Either Like It or You Don't
This has always been the film that divided the Hitchcock community. I like it. Some find Tippi Hedron's particularly brand of cool -- a bit frosty. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marion Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars hitchcock fan?
If you love Hitchcock will definitely love one does it like him anymore. yea there are good movies out there ..but its just something about hitch.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josilind White
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