The Collector

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John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg Terence Stamp. A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the British Football Pool. He purchases a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps Miranda Samantha Eggar, an art student ...
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Overview

John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg Terence Stamp. A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the British Football Pool. He purchases a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps Miranda Samantha Eggar, an art student whom he has worshipped from afar. The demented Clegg doesn't want ransom, nor does he want to rape the girl: he simply wants to "collect" her. She isn't keen on this, and tries several times to escape. After several weeks, Clegg and Miranda grow increasingly fond of one another, and Clegg promises to let her go. When time comes for the actual release, however, Clegg decides that Miranda hasn't completely come around to his way of thinking and changes his mind, leading to a further series of unfortunate events.
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The success of The Collector depends almost entirely on its two stars, Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar, since scarcely anyone else is in the movie. Stamp probably delivers the performance of his career as the wonderfully named Freddy Clegg. After winning an Oscar nomination for his second movie, Billy Budd (1962), Stamp took something of a hiatus -- he was one of the leading figures of London's Swinging Sixties -- and didn't appear again until The Collector came out in 1965. He again made a splash, winning a joint acting award with Eggar from the Cannes Film Festival. It's a truly offbeat role, and Stamp gives no quarter in helping the audience feel at ease with him. It's even more remarkable in relation to the radiant innocence of Samantha Eggar, who only got the role after Natalie Wood turned it down. Wood went off to make Inside Daisy Clover, and Eggar was nominated for an Academy Award. William Wyler, one of the studio system's best directors, stands at his usual distance from the material, which has a rather stage-bound feel and lacks a real sense of claustrophobia. Though he made three more features before he died, this film basically marked the end of Wyler's three decades of constant production and enormous success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • UPC: 014381753554
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 37,579

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terence Stamp Freddie Clegg
Samantha Eggar Miranda Grey
Maurice Dallimore The Neighbor
Mona Washbourne Aunt Annie
William Bickley Crutchley
Gordon Barclay Clerk
David Haviland Clerk
Technical Credits
William Wyler Director
David Hawkins Editor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Jud Kinberg Producer
John Kohn Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
John Stoll Art Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Robert Swink Editor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A truly unforgetable movie because it is different from any other "psychological thriller" you will see. Plot premise: Woman is kidnapped by man who just wants to get to know her and have her "really talk" to him. The movie is about their time together. The ending is not what you'd expect and is unsettling and poignant because it ISN'T your standard preditable ending. This movie has haunted me for the better part of 20 years!

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