The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

DVD - 2004
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A nightclub musician is falsely accused of a robbery, an accusation that ruins his life.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2004]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780790789880
0790789884
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: A nightclub musician is falsely accused of a robbery, an accusation that ruins his life.

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akirakato
Jan 20, 2018

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1956, this American docudrama tells the story of a musician charged with a crime of the other man.
Superb are the performances of Henry Fonda and Vera Miles who play the musician and his wife.
She was driven to madness by the ordeal.
It is a heartwrenching story.

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bakeswell
Aug 02, 2017

bleak, no-frills Hitchcock on his recurring theme of "wrong man pursued by bad guys". this time, the Law is the bad guys. Henry Fonda falls into a trap, gets arrested, goes to jail, is put on trial. riveting and nerve-wracking. based on true story of mistaken identity. yes, it could happen to you. almost Kafkaesque, but veers away from total despair. leaves the viewer shaken by the vicissitudes of fate.
Fonda is tall, thin, vulnerable, such a beautiful man. he bears his trial (in both senses of the word) with dignity, which makes the whole charade almost unbearable. Hitchcock shows the details of confinement, the stripping of personhood, with cool efficiency, without glamour. black-and-white is such a powerful medium, reducing visuals to their essence. Vera Miles plays the wife, the irreparable collateral damage.

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MovieLover_47
Jul 05, 2017

The best acting in this film is definitely Vera Miles. Henry Fonda is a bit too dead pan. Hitchcock wanted to show how seriously he thought of police powers of detention that he does not make his signature appearance.

I frankly believe that Hitchcock's best films were his black and white classics, such as The Wrong Man. Others in this category are Rebecca, Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt and I Confess.
VPL has them all.

voisjoe1 Jul 17, 2014

A lot of Hitchcock films deal with innocent men persecuted/prosecuted/pursued by authorities and/or enemies. This is one of Hitchcock's finest films and he got Henry Fonda to play the sad sack. A lesson from the film - if the mistake is made, the society cannot make up for the victim's lost time. Too bad the world, even today, has so many prosecutors happy to take a win, even if their prey is the wrong man. And in real life so many of these prosecutors are unwilling to undo the wrong, just to save the state from being sued for wrongful prosecution.

hania4987 Jul 17, 2014

unusual and unexpected

auntof3sjb Mar 09, 2014

Henry Fonda was so serious in this movie. Fantastic. Awesome job to Vera Miles, too.

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Monolith
Sep 05, 2012

The fact that it was a true story added to its value for me. To reiterate my fellow commenter's, (joeguy's), observation(s): Vera Miles' meltdown was definitely more dramatic than Fonda's deadpan passivity to his plight. And it was grim. Also kind of anticlimactic for Hitchcock -- I was waiting for a suspenseful wallop, and ended up with an "Oh, that's it...?"

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Monolith
Sep 05, 2012

Dr. Bannay (to Manny, of his wife Rose's breakdown): "She's living in another world from ours... A frightening landscape that could be on the dark side of the moon..."

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