The Wrong Man

1956

Action / Drama / Film-Noir

8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 21234

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Cast

Alfred Hitchcock as Prologue Narrator
Harry Dean Stanton as Department of Corrections Employee
Henry Fonda as Manny Balestrero
Tuesday Weld as Giggly Girl
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 9 / 10

There's nothing wrong with this Wrong Man. True, it's not typical Hitchcock!

Henry Fonda (Manny Balestrero), Vera Miles (Rose), Anthony Quayle (Frank O'Connor), Harold J. Stone (Lt Bowers), Esther Minciotti (Manny's mother), Charles Cooper (Matthews), Nehemiah Persoff (Conforti), Laurinda Barrett, Norma Connolly, Doreen Lang.

Director/producer: ALFRED HITCHCOCK. Photography: Robert Burks. Screenplay: Maxwell Anderson, Angus MacPhail. Film editor: George Tomasini. Art directors: Paul Sylbert, William L. Kuehl. Music: Bernard Herrmann. Associate producer: Herbert Coleman.

Copyright 1956. Released: 22 December 1956 (New York, Paramount); 26 January 1957 (USA); 10 March (U.K.); 20 June (Aust.). The full 108- minute film (including Hitch's cameo as a Stork Club patron) was shown only in Australia. Warner's DVD contains only the 105-minute version.

COMMENT: Despite the negative views of contemporary critics, there's nothing wrong with this Wrong Man. True, it's not typical Hitchcock. As he himself explains right at the beginning, every word is factual, but other-wise it carries just as much suspense, just as many surprising twists and turns as any fabricated thriller. Fonda is ideally cast. It could be argued that the other players act in his shadow, but that's the way it is. True, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone and Vera Miles give strong portrayals. And technically, the movie is fascinatingly accomplished.

Reviewed by RanchoTuVu 9 / 10

if you're innocent you have everything to fear

As the detectives tell wrongly accused bass player Manny Balestero (Henry Fonda) (picked up for holding up an insurance office at gunpoint) that if he's innocent he has nothing to fear, you realize that once placed in the criminal justice system, he has everything to fear, especially the prospect of losing his wife and family who adore him. Unlike Marnie (Tippie Hedrin) or Marian Crane (Janet Leigh's part in Psycho), who actually did take the money, Fonda is so completely innocent that that aspect is what provides this film with its most compelling force. How could such a decent guy be thrown into such an impersonal and seemingly coldhearted system, as he's arrested, fingerprinted, jailed, transported in a paddy wagon with other felons to his arraignment, and a lot more, all done during a bleak looking New York winter in vintage 1950s black and white, set to a Bernard Hermann score that fits perfectly the mood. Not your typical Hitchcock film, but an excellent role for Henry Fonda.

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 9 / 10

common Hitchcock theme, well done as expected

A common theme in Alfred Hitchcock's movies is a man accused of a crime that he didn't commit (Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest)*. "The Wrong Man" makes it clear that this is the topic. Henry Fonda plays a musician incorrectly identified as the man who held up an insurance office. Many shots of him feature either him alone - in the jail cell - or surrounded by people whose faces you can't totally see - in the car - to emphasize how his world has caved in. As much as the movie focuses on the protagonist, it also focuses on his wife (Vera Miles) and how she slowly descends into clinical depression.

It only adds to the suspense that this movie is based on a true story, the only time that the Sultan of Suspense used a true story as the basis for one of his movies. Like his more famous works, it goes to show that few people knew how to tell a story like Alfred Hitchcock did. It's not his best movie, but I recommend it.

*Conversely, another one of Hitch's themes was the guilty woman (Psycho, The Birds).

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