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The Wrong Man
Somewhere...somewhere there must be the right man!
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.
An innocent man has nothing to fear, remember that.
The "innocent man wrongly accused" is perhaps Alfred Hitchcock's favorite story to tell. Possibly because it was one of his greatest fears, being accused by the same authorities that can strip away your livelihood. Hitchcock would visit this theme in the 1930s with the brilliant 39 Steps and revisit it in different forms throughout his career right up to the 70s with the underrated Frenzy.
It's appropriate then that Hitchcock would pick this story to tell as one of his rare films based on true events. On the surface The Wrong Man looks like a typical film from…
This somehow feels like an odd man out in Hitchcock's filmography. Based on real events, this feels almost like a fictionalized documentary of sorts. It is distant, methodical and dead serious. No snazzy camera angles, no pitchblack humour, just the story and what it contains.
And I loved it.
Fonda and Miles are absolutely breathtaking in this tale of mistaken identity. Their performances suck you in and once you're there they just won't let go. I was 100% invested and that is not something that happens often with films like this. Fonda's transition from desperation to cooperation to complete and utter fear is astonishing and is what makes…
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If The Wrong Man had been directed by just about anyone other than Alfred Hitchcock, a man with several unquestionable classics under his belt and a number of other fine films, not to mention the films he would go on and direct after this, would it have gotten the level of attention that I believe it obviously deserves after this, my first viewing of it?
In some ways, it pays the price for you (if you are like me) presuming that it will be yet another of Hitchcock's trademark 'innocent man on the run' films. In itself, that is an interesting point. After all,…
"In the past, I have given you many kinds of suspense pictures. But this time, I would like you to see a different one. The difference lies in the fact that this is a true story, every word of it. And yet it contains elements that are stranger than all the fiction that has gone into many of the thrillers that I've made before."
- Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man is the film that best exposes Hitchcock's paranoid fear of an innocent mean being wrongly accused for a crime that he had not committed. Not the best film of this theme but the darkest both in tone and in colour, giving the film a real sombre feel to…
Basically a paranoid thriller about how doing everything "they" tell you to do will not save you if fate/chance/luck/whatever isn't on your side. Also, in its own safe, don't-rock-the-boat kind of way, a movie about racism. One of Hitchcock's most underrated and masterful movies.
A recurring theme throughout Hitchcock's work was the wrong person being accused of a crime so it is only fitting that one of them would be called The Wrong Man. The film was released in 1956, the same year as another Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. I would name the latter as his better film of the year, but The Wrong Man is still a very good film.
The direction and acting are both fantastic. Henry Fonda owns this movie. In fact he carries the film. Had the part been given to a lesser actor the film wouldn't be nearly as effective. The film surprised me a number of times by taking the story in directions I…
"Have you tried praying?"
"Yes, of course I've prayed. I've prayed for help."
"Try praying for strength."
Alfred Hitchock's film, The Wrong Man, is actually quite different from what I was expecting. With all his other films, he puts such an emphasis on suspense, where as this film is more of a serious, sad drama, about a man down on his luck.
The hardest parts for me to witness were the people accusing this innocent man of a crime, and them being so matter-of-fact about what they saw, when they were very, very wrong.
The camera work and the camera angles were very interesting and I loved that for. The music was superb. The biggest flaw was the ending, in…
The performances and pace are key all around. Music is terrific as well. That's how you shoot and block a film.
Hitchcock is not setting a standard with The Wrong Man. Facts have provided fiction for many films. Hitchcock has done a fine and lucid job with the facts in this interesting trial noir---which nevertheless has had a considerable impact on numerous directors like Godard and Scorsese---but they have been made more important than the hearts and dramas of the people they affect.
Well that ended abruptly. And stupidly. I wish the epilogue text didn't come up at the end. It absolutely ruined the movie. Otherwise, I thought the tension was ridic.
While it may be a subjective observation to claim this as one of Hitchcock's most personal films, what strikes me here is the demonstration of the poetics of suspense filmmaking. I can't help but wonder if the famous climactic dissolve singlehandedly prefigured the entirety of Bergman's PERSONA; otherwise, this is Hitchcock at his most Kafkaesque.
Decent Hitchcock film. Good story and performance from Fonda.
When Truffaut asked Hitchcock to defend The Wrong Man, he responded, "Impossible, I don't feel that strongly about it." The Master of Suspense was tasked with a documentary-style studio project that lacks much emotion or suspense because of his unusual commitment to a more realistic shooting style. While Fonda and Miles are memorably distraught, this unadorned wrong man scenario pales in comparison to The 39 Steps, North By Northwest, or the seriously underrated The Lodger.
I'll admit, I missed the first 20 minutes, but once I passed it on TCM, I couldn't turn it off.
A weird Hitchcock film with an incredible sequence of imprisonment.
Unusual Hitchcock film as it is based on a true story. Very interesting film which kept you in suspense.
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