Marnie

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Overview

Condemned as being a "disappointing" and "unworthy" Alfred Hitchcock effort at the time of its release, Marnie has since grown in stature; it is still considered a lesser Hitchcock, but a fascinating one. Tippi Hedren plays Marnie, a compulsive thief who cannot stand to be touched by any man. She also goes bonkers over the sight of the color red. Her new boss, Mark Rutland Sean Connery is intrigued by Marnie -- to such an extent that he blackmails her into marriage when he stumbles onto her breaking into his ...
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Overview

Condemned as being a "disappointing" and "unworthy" Alfred Hitchcock effort at the time of its release, Marnie has since grown in stature; it is still considered a lesser Hitchcock, but a fascinating one. Tippi Hedren plays Marnie, a compulsive thief who cannot stand to be touched by any man. She also goes bonkers over the sight of the color red. Her new boss, Mark Rutland Sean Connery is intrigued by Marnie -- to such an extent that he blackmails her into marriage when he stumbles onto her breaking into his safe. Rutland is in his own way as "sick" as his wife because of his fetishist desire to cohabit with a thief. After innumerable plot twists and turns, Marnie is "cured" by a facile but mesmerizing flashback sequence involving her ex-hooker mother Louise Latham. Among the critical carps aimed at Marnie was the complaint that the studio-bound sets -- particularly the waterfront locale where the film ends -- were tacky and artificial; curiously, this seeming "carelessness" adds to the queasy, off-setting mood that Hitchcock endeavored to sustain. Even when the direction seems to falter, the film is buoyed by the driving musical score of Bernard Herrmann his last for Hitchcock. Among the supporting actors in Marnie are Mariette Hartley as a secretary and Bruce Dern as a sailor; twelve years later, Dern would star in Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot.
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Special Features

The Trouble with Marnie; The Marnie archives; Theatrical trailer; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Long considered a failure, Marnie, the most blatantly Freudian of all of Hitchcock's films is also one of his most fascinating -- a tightly wrought exploration of the director's pet themes. Voyeurism, obsession - it's all here, with a little white-collar crime thrown in for good measure. Marnie Tippi Hedren, the iciest ice queen in Hitchcock’s gallery of cool blondes, is a job-hopping kleptomaniac whose wealthy employer Sean Connery is undaunted, even titillated, by her compulsive thievery. Threatening to turn her in unless she marries him, Connery attempts to cure his new wife of her frigidity and hatred of men. Using the color red to unusual and brilliant effect, Hitchcock takes the viewer on a mesmerizing journey into the mind of his profoundly disturbed heroine.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Marnie could never be confused with prime Alfred Hitchcock, but it's a much better film than its tarnished reputation would lead one to believe. Modern audiences will likely find its psychological undercurrents a bit basic -- and therefore find the ending somewhat pat, predictable, and artificial -- but it somehow works nonetheless. There are some technical aspects -- the artificial locales of some sequences, the "red" motif -- that may seem primitive (although it's arguable that Hitchcock wanted just this kind of distancing effect to unsettle the audience as the characters themselves are unsettled). But Marnie has a basically intriguing story, and Jay Presson Allen's screenplay skillfully sets out its plot and fills out its characters so that they live and breathe. Hitchcock, of course, knows how to take advantage of the screenplay's strengths, tossing in surprising angles and building suspense through simple, but skillful, juxtapositions and tight editing. Tippi Hedren displays unexpected depth in the title role, Sean Connery is appropriately tough and tender, as called for, and there's a real sexual tension between them. Of the supporting cast, Diane Baker is alluring and dangerous and Louise Latham effectively chilling as the mother. Bernard Herrmann's score, pulsing with danger and passion, is a definite plus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 025192830822
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,486

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tippi Hedren Marnie Edgar
Sean Connery Mark Rutland
Diane Baker Lil Mainwaring
Martin Gabel Sidney Strutt
Louise Latham Bernice Edgar, Mamie's mother
Bruce Dern Sailor
Bob Sweeney Cousin Bob
Milton Selzer Man at the Track
Mariette Hartley Susan Clabon
Alan Napier Mr. Rutland
Henry Beckman 1st Detective
S. John Launer Sam Ward
Meg Wyllie Mrs. Turpin
Morgan Brittany
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Strutt
Edith Evanson Rita
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Producer
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
Jack Barron Makeup
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Bob Dawn Makeup
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
William Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Smit Makeup
Leonard J. South Camera Operator
George Tomasini Editor
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece: Marnie
1. Main Titles [1:59]
2. The Mystery Brunette [6:48]
3. Mama [10:03]
4. The New Payroll Clerk [7:05]
5. A Drop of Red [2:51]
6. Instinctual Behavior [6:04]
7. The Race Track [5:03]
8. The Rutlands [3:57]
9. A Robbery at Rutland's [5:02]
10. The "Real" Marnie [11:33]
11. The New Mrs. Rutland [7:11]
12. If You Touch Me... [11:46]
13. Beneath the Facade [11:13]
14. That Dream... [6:53]
15. A Face From the Past [:00]
16. The Death of a Friend [7:23]
17. Take the Money [4:48]
18. A Visit With Mama [6:02]
19. Remember, Marnie... [3:14]
20. Marnie's Choice [10:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece: Marnie
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      The Trouble With Marnie
      The Marnie Archives
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH*
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "You Freud, me Jane?"

    It would be a slight understatement to say that Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" is an unusual psychological thriller. Beneath the beautiful and poised persona she presents to the world, Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren in a superb performance) is a compulsive thief and sexually frigid, with a mysterious terror of thunderstorms and the color red. Like the other heroines in Hitchcock's previous films ("Psycho" and "The Birds"), she is also a liar who is made to suffer disproportionately the consequences of her lying. Her punishment is Mark Rutland (Sean Connery who is also splendid), an ex-zoologist and sexual blackmailer who threatens to turn Marnie over to the police if she does not agree to marry him. He exudes a cruel, wary fascination for the heroine that steadily builds into one of the most disturbing portraits of courtship and desire in Hitchcock's entire output. His liberation of Marnie from her mental trauma is the substance of the drama but one cannot help feeling that, with Mark as her predatory mate, Marnie's problems might conceivably be just beginning. Alfred Hitchcock considered "Marnie" an unusual mystery because the search is not for a criminal but for the criminal's motivations. It's possible that even he didn't realize that this "search for motivation" is NOT the key to the film, and those viewers led to believe it is will find the final scene infuriating. First and foremost, "Marnie" is about a woman with many aliases, who is involved in a desperate "search for identity," who can only stop living a life of lies if she learns the truth about her past. Finding out exactly what happened on that fateful, fatal night in Marnie's childhood is not necessary. What matters is that Marnie learns of an event, any event, that happened in her life just before she moved permanently into a world of make believe. This bit of history is the shaky foundation in which she can build a real life. Actually, the particular events that transpired on that horrible night only explain the content of Marnie's nightmares and the reason she reacts hysterically to thunderstorms and the color red and her mother's motivations for denying Marnie motherly love and indoctrinating her to detest all men (thereby ruining her child's life). The revelations also serve to let viewers draw parallels between Marnie and her mother. The revelations in the film don't sufficiently explain why Marnie is a thief and is frigid, but that's fine because we can deduce the reasons early in the film. "Marnie" is one of the strangest and most haunting of Hitchcock's films. It is finely acted by the entire cast. Diane Baker as Mark's jealous sister-in-law, Lil, Louise Latham as Marnie's mother, and Martin Gabel as Strutt are as impressive as the principals. Bernard Herrmann's surging score is richly romantic. It may not be the finest of his stunning quintet of films beginning with "Vertigo", but it serves as a summation of his films at this time: the bold and unusual technique, the increasingly complex probings into areas of human sexuality and individual identity, not to mention subsidiary themes to do with female criminality, male criminality, and maternal possessiveness. [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A forgotton piece

    This is movie is good. The story is about a woman named Marnie who steals for a job, She applys for Rutland&Co. There she meets Mark(Sean Connery) after she trys to steal, he finds out and instead of turning her against the police he proposes marriage, Marnie accepts. On the honeymoon he promises not to touch her, but one night when he is drunk he rapes her . When they come back from there honeymoon they return took his family's house to live. While there Mark trys to find out what causes Marnie to freak out when she sees the color red and why she has such a passionate hatered of men. I think this is one of Alfred Hitchcock's best even though many people disagree. I think this is a movie worth buying if your a big Alfred Hitchcock fan. Mandy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vapid. Boring. Horrible.

    My wife and I agree that this is the worst movie that either of us has either seen--EVER. The plot seems to have come from one of those sobby books for half-bright and troubled pre-teens in sixth grade. Worse yet, it's more boring than watching paint dry. This is basically Oprah writ large, an endless whinefest about the nobility of irresponsibility and dysfunctional self-absorbtion. Bottom line: If you like Dr. Laura and her sob sister genre and need prozac for breakfast, you might like this movie. Otherwise, the mere time it takes to slog through it isn't worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The picture quality is really terrible.

    The picture quality is really terrible. Buying this DVD is just a waste of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

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    It is time now to write a review for ''Marnie''. I've watched it six times this year already, twice in January and four times since I bought it about three weeks ago. When a movie is good enough to be watched so many times in succession, it's really a six-star film - but as this reviewing system allows only five, I'll rate it five. The trailer gets five stars of its own.* I will confess that the first time through - much as I found the story interesting - this movie did seem to drag a bit. I kept thinking, half this film is Sean and Tippi sitting in the car - or so it seemed - but the second time, I enjoyed it much more and it didn't drag at all. I started to listen to all the good lines which made the ''endless car scenes'' go driving on by with all swiftness, and each subsequent viewing has been even better.* Various observations: In the credits, it says: Miss Hedren's Hairstyles Designed by Alexandre of Paris, and right below that: Colour by Technicolour. I think that is pretty good. I liked the way that Lil, jealous of Mark's love for Marnie, often appears wearing green, sitting on green couches, or having green lamps behind her. I found Lil's character annoying, but it was a necessary annoyance, I suppose, and I've become relatively used to her by now. I also liked the idea conveyed by Marnie walking along a yellow caution line at a railway station in the beginning of the movie. Strutt is a weirdo and the actor was perfect for the part; I wonder what he looked like without the gross tortoiseshell glasses. There is a scene when Marnie paces back and forth in her room, passing the tall posts of her bed every time, as if she is an animal in a cage. The free association scene was good as well, with a couple good lines, one of the best being, ''You Freud, me Jane?'' Cousin Bob the banker dude was quite the perfect weirdo for the part, and Daddy Rutland was a pretty shallow but friendly personage with his one-track mind focused only on horsesandtea. Marnie had some pretty interesting outfits - two pretty Star-Trekky bathrobes as well as a hat like a fur doughnut. Marnie's mother was good with the Southern accent and the little girl Jessie was even more annoying than Lil. * Oh, and before I forget. People are forever griping about the ''tacky rear projection'' in the riding scenes, the ''obviously fake backgrounds'' of the ship and of Rutlands', and the ''tacky zooming in and out'' in Marnie's final attempt at theft from the safe. Let me point out to you that several other Hitchcock films, regarded by the critics and general Hitchcock-appreciating public, have similar moments. In ''The Birds'', ''To Catch a Thief'', ''Spellbound'', and others, there was some very obvious back projection. Big deal. The general idea of rear projection is to make it look like the person or vehicle on the treadmill is moving. It works every time and looks fake every time, no matter what the movie. Accept it and get over it. And in ''Vertigo'', there was a whole lot of zooming going on in the tower scenes. Was that tacky? I don't think so. The zooming accomplished the purpose in ''Vertigo'' and it does the same in ''Marnie''. So in short I don't think it's right to treat ''Marnie'' as a second-rate film with these arguments as the excuses. I think that's exactly what they are - excuses. I think that the people who say all those things got their glasses mixed up and are simply watching it with tinted glasses over their emotional eyes and a clarifying lens over their critical ones. Well... it's their loss - no one has to like anything, but it would be nice if more people did. * I think this review is becoming too long now so I should stop typing before I think of anything else. See this movie at least twice with an open mind. Be like me, an interested spectator in the passing parade - even if you don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I rate a movie 5 stars when I can watch it...

    at least 5 times in a row and still be fascinated by it. Okay, I first saw Marnie many years ago (1986 maybe) when I was about 24 yrs. old. It was really a good movie to me then. I did not see it again until recently, here in 2002, and I am now 39 yrs. old. and I must say that I still find it a very good movie...Many critisisms are made about this film, some I think are wrong. Yes, the horseback riding scenes are noticably fake, but could you or I do better with what special effects they had at the time? Probably not. Many also complain of the fake backround scenes (the ship, Rutland's office bldg.) but personally I find these very nice, and add a surreal touch, and also a claustrophobic mood to the film. To me, what is important is the story, the characters. And I feel that Hitchcock chose his players well here. Sean Connery is perfect as Mark Rutland. I never cared for him in the James Bond movies(did he really act in them?), but here he did act and was very good; had the manliness and good looks, the command of the many emotions he had to play,he does great with all those facial expressions, and had some wonderful lines! Just great!! I personally do not care for Tippi Hendren much. But I feel she did a good job here. Again,let's not be too critical of her acting. I can only believe that to play such a disturbed character was extremely difficult and would have been a challenge for even the best schooled actress. I think she was believable for the most part, though a few times I felt she didn't quite hit the emotion of the moment on target. She was superb in the scene coming into the house with the gun after shooting her horse,she convinced me that she could have easily shot anyone who got in her way. She was also great in the ''free association'' scene with Mark. You could feel with her that she could not deal with the associations of herself to the words, esp. the words sex, death, and red...Anyway, this is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. He again had a great story, and used symbolism, cinemetography, color (color plays big in this movie: red of course, but also the green for jealousy, the general grey of the atmosphere),and music to tell the story... I recommend that anyone interested in the ''art'' of film should watch this movie...The costumes were quite good, liked Sean Connery in all those wonderful suits, Tippi had some nice outfits(yet I hated her honeymoon bathrobe), her hair was nice most of the time, but at times I thought the style was not becoming for her. Mark Rutland's ugly grey car was disgusting! Couldn't he have driven a grey Mercedes or something? The supporting cast was excellent as well: Lil, Strutt, Marnie's mother...The close-up kiss in the storm scene was a bit much, but Hitchcock must have had a reason for it. Oh, by the way, the trailer at the beginning of this film is hilarious!! Hitchcock had a great sense of humor...To speak of the subject matter, Marnie's illness. I think Hitchcock handled it well, but I don't think he meant for us to presume Marnie is cured at the end. I think the end is a bit open ended, in that much will still need to be worked out between Marnie and her Mother, and between Marnie and Mark. Yet since she was able to come to face the reality of the past, the ending gives us hope that she can be victorious in healing from the past. I recommend this film very much.

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    Posted July 23, 2009

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