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Niagara [Blu-ray]

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A blonde and her lover plot to kill her edgy husband at Niagara Falls. Directed by Henry Hathaway.

Product Details

  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen, Walter Reisch
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CPIXO62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Niagara [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Kona VINE VOICE on October 19, 2002
Format: DVD
This wonderful movie has Marilyn Monroe at her sexiest and the incredible Niagara Falls for a backdrop. What more could you ask for? Marilyn is the trashy wife of dull Joseph Cotten; he thinks they came to Niagara for a vacation, but Marilyn's lover has other plans. There is also a sweet, young couple who won their trip to Niagara, but get more than they bargained for.

Monroe is perfect as the cheap floosie who likes to toy with men. She burns up the screen when she sings a torchy song. This is almost cinema ancient history, because her performance is sooooo 1950's, but it's a fun ride, full of suspense and those beautiful Falls. Joseph Cotten is truly pitiable as a rancher with battle fatigue who wants to be loved.

If you've ever been to Niagara Falls, this film will bring back great memories; you can almost feel the mist! Those who haven't been there will want to go after seeing Niagara. It's a dandy of a thriller, well-written and acted.
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"Niagara" is a sexually charged suspense film reminiscent of the film noirs of the 1940s, but in bright Technicolor. It was Marilyn Monroe's first starring role and promoted the image of MGM's new rising star. The look and demeanor which Monroe wears in "Niagara" is the image she would create over and over again on screen and with which her name is permanently associated. Polly and Ray Cutler are on a delayed honeymoon to Niagara Falls, where they take a cabin next to another American couple, Rose and George Loomis. George Loomis (Joseph Cotton) is a troubled WWII veteran with "battle fatigue" and an obsessive, unstable manner. Rose (Marilyn Monroe) is his young sex pot wife, whose attentions improve George's state of mind and whose indiscretions inflame him. When Polly (Jean Peters) is kind enough to bandage George's hand after he injures it in a violent fit, George opens up to her about his marriage and his troubles. Rose discusses her husband's illness openly and may have ulterior motives for wanting people to think George is crazy. Polly's sympathy and curiosity draw her into Rose and George's warped and soon-to-be-violent world.

Marilyn Monroe certainly looks the part of Rose Loomis, and Rose is a villainess, not a sympathetic character, which would become unusual in Monroe's career. Rose is a very good role for her, though. Whether Monroe is acting or not is debatable, but beside the point. She is acting like Marilyn Monroe. She wears glossy bright red lipstick in every scene, including in the shower, to bed, and even when it clashes with her hot pink skin tight dress. The stand-out performance here is from Joseph Cotton, as the violently unstable, self-destructive George Loomis.
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"Niagara" is one of my favorite Marilyn Monroe movies. To be honest, though, I think Marilyn's performance here is a bit stiff and forced at times, but this film still reeled me in. "Niagara", in my view, is catapulted into the realm of "5-Star" status not merely by Marilyn Monroe's lovely presence, or on the strength of the suspenseful screenplay -- but, instead, based in large part on the outstanding on-location filming at Niagara Falls. The wealth of "Falls" scenery makes this 89-minute movie seem like a mini-vacation to Niagara Falls in many respects. You can almost feel the spray of the Fall's mist in several scenes.

In addition to the gorgeous scenery of the Falls (plus M.M.'s beauty too, of course), "Niagara's" other cast members rate pretty high marks for their work in this movie too (IMO) -- including the always-great Joseph Cotten as "George Loomis". Cotten is excellent as Loomis, Marilyn's semi-neurotic and always-suspicious husband. (It's a bit of a "May-December" relationship between Monroe and Cotten -- MM is 26 here; Cotten is 47.)

Jean Peters also co-stars in the film, and Jean is very nearly as lovely and captivating as Marilyn here. Also watch out for Casey Adams, Russell Collins, Lurene Tuttle, and Will Wright. Plus Don Wilson, who does a nice job here in a humorous role as "J.C. Kettering". Wilson for many years served as Jack Benny's sidekick and announcer on radio and TV. It's kind of fun being able to see Don in something else here.

Many people have chastised the performance of Casey Adams (aka: Max Showalter) in this film, citing his acting here as a major (or minor) debit which brings the movie down a notch or two. I disagree with any such Adams' assessment. I think Casey does just fine in this film (as the husband of Jean Peters).
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Never really was a big Marilyn Monroe fan (she was a bit overdone and affected for me) BUT she is PERFECT in this film. She IS her character - a bit cheap, definitely overdone (who on earth wears hot red lipstick in the shower, for example? I can't even get mine to stay on from my apartment to the office, much less the shower! Or bed... on pristine white sheets no less!) but that's why Marilyn Monroe is so, well, Marilyn Monroe. When Casey Adams asks Jean Peters why doesn't she wear a dress like Marilyn, Jean Peters says "For a dress like that, you have to start laying plans when you're about 13." Ain't that the truth. Which brings me to Jean Peters who is the real beauty and star of this film. Jean Peters is magnificent. Smart, understated and (along with Joseph Cotten) full of conflict and inner turmoil. She is a woman whose husband is more concerned with Shredded Wheat (his employer) and reading books than on their belated honeymoon or his beautiful, smart bride. What a bore. In fact, when they first arrive at Niagara Falls, he's more in awe of their view of the Shredded Wheat factory than with that of the Falls. Which is why it's so believable when she gets entwined in the twisted world of Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. After all, there's only so much Shredded Wheat one can bear in a marriage, right? Anyway, one of the best and eerily perfect components of this particular film is the song Kiss. "There is no other song," Marilyn says as she uses it to drive her already unstable husband into a madness beyond which he could never hope to recover. The bells toll the tune sinisterly as a sign to Marilyn that all is "done." But not really, Marilyn soon learns. I'll stop there for anyone who hasn't yet seen this amazing film. SEE IT! The casting is superb on all accounts.Read more ›
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