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  • Actors: James Mason, Robert Ryan, Barbara Bel Geddes, Natalie Schafer
  • Directors: Max Ophuls
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CB42CI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Idealistic Leonora is looking for the dream life and believes she's found it when introduced to millionaire Smith Uhlrig. Quickly married she soon discovers him to be a domineering tyrant. In trying to escape this loveless existence she finds hope in the arms of a caring doctor but her psychotic husband doesn't give up his possessions so easily. Ophul's film noir classic is an intense melodrama played to perfectin by the fine castig of James Mason, Robert Ryan and Barbara Bel Geddes.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By W. Hamilton on 9 Jun. 2009
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No pun intended, quite the reverse. Ophuls was one of the best, and he stamped quality on most everything he did in cinema. This film tells the not-unusual story of a young woman caught in a disastrous marriage. Forget everything you have seen in many other cinematic passes at the subject-matter, and come to this drama ready to be intrigued and entertained. You won't be disappointed. Robert Ryan is powerful and menacing in the interesting psychological (much in the fashion of contemporary and later Hitchcock films) portrait of a man who must be obeyed. Barbara Bel Geddes is also excellent - another of Ophuls' self-absorbed victim-heroines. And James Mason provides the perfect foil for them both in a convincing character study of a doctor with a social conscience but no sociability. The transfer to DVD is excellent, and it comes with useful extra material (an intelligent discussion of the film, providing insights into Ophuls' methods and relating this production to some of his other work). Well worth having in the home video library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 9 May 2009
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Not too much of a story going on here - Barbara Bel Geddes (Leonora) gets married to Robert Ryan (Smith Ohlrig) who doesn't really want to marry her. She feels trapped and decides to break away but Ryan is a rich, manipulative bully who wants his own way.

This film does not belong in the Film Noir category as is constantly being suggested - there are too many elements missing for it to be defined in this genre, most glaringly the lack of a 'femme fatale' and the lack of any murder victim. However, Ophuls does direct in a Noirish manner, for example there is a claustrophobic feel to many scenes. His direction provides a depth to many shots and this cranks the interest of the film up a gear, as ultimately, there is not a lot of plot (another element missing that would normally define a Film Noir). This film is about power in relationships and goes down the obvious preachy road of money alone can't make you happy.

Robert Ryan is the standout in the cast and every line he delivers is top quality. His role is based on Howard Hughes, who allowed the performance to go ahead provided that the film leave out any obvious reference to Hughes's business dealings and to his appearance. Ryan gets the ridiculous name of 'Smith Ohlrig' to depict a millionaire and I'm sure that it fooled nobody in it's disguise. James Mason as 'Dr Quinada' is watchable and holds the interest as Ryan's rival in love for Barbara Bel Geddes. He gets, for me, the best line in the film when he says to Bel Geddes on recently meeting Ryan "I've met that man for 3 minutes....and he's not normal..." It's funny because it could apply to so many people that I know - not me, of course.

However, there is something not quite right in the casting of Barbara Bel Geddes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2000
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This movie stars the great James Mason, Robert Ryan and Barbara Bel Geddes. Barbara plays the new wife of a millionaire played by Robert Ryan who treats her very badly, so to get away from him she leaves her luxury surroundings to move to another low class town, she gets a job of a Doctors receptionist to Dr.Quinada played by James Mason,the obvious happens(they fall in love),only she can't stay with him as something happens that makes it out of the question! The whole cast is good especially James Mason,but I feel he should have played Robert Ryan's role of the evil millionaire rather than that of the wimpy angelic Doctor.The movie could have been a little better but is very entertaining and has it's moments!
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This is the story of a young girl who is trying to better herself but her real ambition is to marry a rich man and live happily ever after. The former happens, the latter does not.

She finally leaves him and gets a job at which she is noit very good. However, she gets another chance and does better. The horrible husband decides he wants her back, so back she goes. More disasters follow. More drama ensues. I don`t think she is the brightest spark in the story.

James Mason is the doctor who gives her a job, Robert Ryan the husband, Barbara Bel Geddes the girl. Max Ophuls photgraphs Robert Ryan, making him look very large, and overpowering. He was always a good baddie and is here.
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By John M. Stanton on 30 Dec. 2013
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Max Ophuls was one of the most influential directors of his generation. His films involved provocative themes shot in his signature chiaroscuro lighting with his signature fluid camera.Caught has a strong cast in Barbara Del Geddes ( The original Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)' Robert Ryan as the abusive husband and his rival: James Mason. All goes well; the development is absorbing and credible. The sets are beautiful, heavily glass windows and doors and wrought iron, recalling the design of Ophuls Letter from an Unknown Women, reaching a point where a serious resolution might have occurred. Unfortunately the film at that point lapses into an absurdity, crass and careless. A great disappointment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Mar. 2010
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Being one of Ophuls few American films I was hoping for a clearer print. Most of the time it was a bit off focus. The best part was the additional short describing the aspects of Ophuls' other works in comparison to Caught. Even the clips showed are far sharper than Caught's video. Also my PAL converter created annoying speed up, slow down shudders during any fast movement. This was the first film to have this effect.
A truly great film,Caught [1948] [DVD] its print was far below standard.
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