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Shadow of a Doubt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The ones that say they don't want anything, always get more in the end.",

    Joseph Cotten is "Uncle Charlie", an Eastern man-about-town who comes for an extended visit in the home of his relatives, a normal, middle-class American family. He is welcomed with open arms by all, until his namesake niece (Teresa Wright) begins to suspect that her uncle is a psychopathic murderer. It's true. His warped mind, ruthlessness and frenzy break through the veneer of charm and confidence he had projected until the worst doubts of the niece are confirmed. With her realization of the awful truth about Uncle Charlie, she is faced with the need to protect her family and his determination to silence her at any cost. Cotten is superb as the murdering uncle and Wright is perfect as the niece who is caught in the crossfire of affection for her uncle and fear for her life at his hands (sadly, the Academy failed to nominate her for an Oscar that year as they had done for her previous three films, but she did win Best Actress from the National Board of Review). Patricia Collinge is touching as her mother, who remains oblivious to all but delight in rediscovering her brother while Henry Travers and Hume Cronyn are both highly enjoyable as Young Charlie's father and as Herbie, his "partner in crime". It's easy to see who this was Hitchcock's own personal favorite. As close to perfection as you can get. [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hitchcock does it again!

    Absolutely beautiful cinematography and spectacular direction. Like always, Hitchcock inspires me with his creative and innovative filmmaking techniques. Shadow Of A Doubt is so well done--with suspense, intrigue & mystery, outstanding visual elements & great performances--it's everything you'd expect from Hitch and more. Definitely worth experiencing!

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    Excellent Film with Great Special Features

    This is one of Hitchcock's best films, and you can watch again and again and never get bored. Joseph Cotten is superb in the lead role, both charming and sinister at the same time. The print is a pleasure to watch, and the special features are extremely interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overrated

    When I watched Shadow of a Doubt I was expecting Hitchcock to give a movie that was chilling and horrific. A small town plagued by an unknown serial killer called the Merry Widow Murderer? This set up for a good movie. It did not. Personally, I found most of the "small-town" characters to be annoying and totally one-dimensional. There is no doubt that Alfred Hitchcock is the greatest director of all time, but this piece of balony could have belonged to any B-movie director. The most ANNOYING character was either "young Charlie" or the mother, who talked way too much and had this inherent stupidity about her.

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