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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…
Truth is stranger than fiction at times and the story of Manny Balestrero is certainly that. The retelling of the real-life saga couldn't have fallen into more fitting hands than Hitchcock's who built an entire career off the back of placing the Everyman inside the most difficult of situations.
There is certainly a different feel to what is essentially a docudrama concentrating on the low level details of Manny's life. Instead of the typical Hitchcock tropes that build in carefully delayed moments of suspense the thrills are low key to make us aware of the effects the arrest has on his life. Whether it is his wife suffering her mental breakdown or viewing the jailing process through his eyes we…
#10 in the Reverse Hitchcock Project
The film has an intro from Hitch himself, shown in silhouette, saying this was a different type of thriller than the ones he had done before.
Over the credits we have jaunty dance music, and underneath we see a club band, with maracas, and Henry Fonda on the double bass – a marvellous three minute intro into which to place our man in a recognisable setting.
Then to the subway, and a deserted train (and my goodness doesn’t Jane Fonda resemble her father?), all very ordinary.
I find it interesting that Fonda, by all accounts such a cold man off the screen, can give his characters such warmth and approachability, and so it is…
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…
Wow, Hitchcock had a great decade in the fifties. I mean he was always prolific but his creative output in those years alone is remarkably impressive. Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, North by North-West, he was just churning out hits like nobody's business. Now don't get me wrong, he had some gems in the forties too (Shadow of a Doubt anyone?), but I would argue that the Master of Suspense really hit his stride in this decade. However, The Wrong Man can't quite hold it's own against some of his better work, but even lesser Hitchcock is often pretty damn good.
The Wrong Man begins unusually with Alfred Hitchcock himself introducing the movie as a true story. Henry…
You know those great movie scenes where you get to watch a character do something they're really exceptional at? Like rob a bank or hit a home run or survive on Mars? Hitchcock movies are like those scenes from start to finish. The pleasure of execution done effortlessly, expertly.
For the record, Vera freaking Miles is in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, and Psycho. And this might be her best performance.
An underrated gem from Hitchcock's filmography. It loses some of its momentum later on, but those first twenty minutes are five-star movie material. Still, even though it's fantastically uneven, it manages to wring some genuine human emotion out of its story -- something that I've found other Hitchcock films have some difficulty with.
There couldn't be a more typical title for a Hitchcock film than The Wrong Man, as many of his films dealt with mistaken identity and wrongly accused people who are yanked out of their normal life and are forced to go on the run. But this movie, based on a story Hitch read in Life magazine, was something of a departure from his usual suspenseful thrillers.
Everyman Henry Fonda is identified and subsequently arrested for a series of hold ups, and several pieces of circumstantial evidence have him thrown in the slammer. So begins the grim process of trying to prove his innocence, which ends up severely impacting on his marriage, with his already fragile wife (a tremulous Vera Miles)…
I should watch at least one Hitchcock film a month. We all should.
The Wrong Man is the story of an innocent man accused of a crime, who never gives one any reason to think he's guilty, but who is also very likely to be found guilty at trial, It's not really shot with any of the wit or style you'd expect in a Hitchcock film -- I'm guessing he toned those elements down because this is a based-on-a-true-story film -- but even if it's missing those, it's nonetheless terrifying to see how events could conspire to run an innocent man into prison.
Henry Fonda and Vera Miles are solid as the innocent man and his wife, though her fall into depression as a result of the stress and her own guilt definitely…
Very enjoyable thriller film based on a true story. This marks my 9th Hitchcock film and obviously this pales in comparison when put to his others but this film doesn't try and be more than it is. It attempts to be an enjoyable, rewatchable and fun crime film which seems to be a blockbuster film which managed to age very well. Maybe I'm just biased as I am a major Hitchcock lover/fan/praiser but I really loved this film. It's not amazing but very very fun.
A rare case where the Hitchcock name doesn't transcend the Noir tendencies. A dark, dark film. The chaos that runs through the world permitting evil to occur at any moment causes Vera Miles' character to suffer a breakdown. Never has a breakdown been so understandable.
Unlike much of Hitchcock's oeuvre, this isn't quite a thriller. It's more of a creeping descent into what seems to be Alfred's personal hell; unjust persecution by the police, followed by imprisonment. One of his darkest films, lacking even his trademark black humor as levity. Henry Fonda is the perfect choice to play this ghost who walks the earth, but you end up with the feeling that Vera Miles really stole the film.
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