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The Wrong Man [1956] [DVD]

Henry Fonda , Vera Miles , Alfred Hitchcock    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QZAMW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Hitchcock movie starring Henry Fonda & Vera Miles. Manny Ballestero is an honest hardworking musician at New York's Stork Club. When his wife needs money for dental treatment, Manny goes to the local insurance office to borrow on her policy. Employees at the office mistake him for a hold-up man who robbed them the year before and the police are called. The film tells the true story of what happened to Manny and his family.

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
At the age of 5, Hitch's father called the police to teach him a lesson after he misbehaved. The policeman took his job rather seriously and locked young Hitch for a few minutes in a cell. This left quite an impression on Hitchcock and may explain the love/hate relationships he had with the police, evident in his films.

Hitch dealt with the theme of wrongly-accused person fighting for his innocence in Young and Innocent (1937). Here, in The Wrong Man (1956), he returns and expand on the theme. It is about a man is tried for crimes committed by a look-alike robber. This is a far better movie, with the legendry Henry Fonda who was, as ever, superb.

The Wrong Man is a serious film. You will notice that from the first moment, as Hitch presents the film in his own particular way. He stands in the dark, we don't see his face, only hear him saying that this is a true story, based on real facts that are hard to imagine, but yet true. From then on, the focus is on Fonda who carries the majority of the film on his shoulders. Hitch even avoided his usual cameo appearances as he did not wish us to distract even for a minute from the misfortunes of the wrongly-accused man.

Henry Fonda, one of Hollywood all-time greatest actors, plays musician Manny Balestrero, a man who leads a quiet life with his wife and two boys, when one day he is believed to be a serial armed robber. Manny is arrested and charged with the crimes. He is identified by several witnesses, and his life break apart. Fonda is quiet, contained, submissive, in a place where he does not belong, playing in accordance to rules he does not understand. When he is able to somehow collect himself, his wife Rose (Vera Miles), so terribly distraught by the ordeal, losses her sanity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good character study 15 Nov 2008
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Once again Hitchcock surprises us by making a movie that is completely different from the other better known films he made in this era. Theres no Hollywood action and very little of his trademark suspense in this movie. Its almost a procedural Police movie with a bit of court room drama thrown in for good measure. Above all this though is how the relationship between a man and wife is stretched beyond the limit by a simple misidentification.

Henry Fonda looks suitably haunted and Vera Miles as his wife Rose perhaps even more so. What Hitchcock portrays so well in this movie is the reality of an innocent person being prosecuted for a crime he did not commit.

This is also part of an excellent boxed set which I strongly recommend. Sure this isn't a classic Hitchcock but even an average Hitchcock is much better than most other filmmakers attempts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marc
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of them Hitchcock titles that he didn't make with Universal so it isn't in any of the large Hitchcock boxsets, I got this so cheap by itslef though, it's just a great film, Fonda is superb. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars movie review 8 Aug 2011
By Brian
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
As Hitchcock says at the start, it's not your normal Hitchcock. You've got to accept that it hasn't got the Hitchcock chill, but it's still a good movie, and hits home because it really happened. There have been many occasions where innocent people have been convicted following incorrect witness identification and that's where the scary bit is..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock The Wrong Man 8 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
In his foreword, Hitchcock says that this is not his usual genre,but a film based upon real events. It is, I believe, a masterpiece, concentrated and economical within the parameters he has set himself. The focus is on faces throughout. The narrative is carried by what faces reveal, whether the protagonist, his wife, his accusers, the policemen, the lawyers and other supporting characters. The theme of redemption, Catholic in its simplicity in this case, establishes the film as part of Hitchcock's canon. It is currently only available in a Region 1 release, which is unreasonable, to say the least. If you like his films, watch it, if you are able to, that is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Darkly Pleasing Slice Of Hitchcock 1 Dec 2012
By pjr VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Made in 1956, "The Wrong Man" seems like something of a curio in Alfred Hitchcock's film canon. Compare "The Wrong Man" to anything else Hitchcock made in the 50's is difficult as this film sticks out as being a very different story and a very different film. This is much more nuanced, lacking much of the drama and tension of the other films made by Hitchcock at the time.

Based on a true story, "The Wrong Man" traces the story of a bass player wrongly accused of a series of violent robberies in New York. Starring Henry Fonda, as the wrongly accused, and Vera Miles, as his wife, the film follows the investigation, accusation, and subsequent trial. Told without the trademark dramatic tensions this is a more serious, sombre piece of work. Fonda is almost blank, his performance a modicom of restraint. There are few moments where he lets the facade drop, one notable one when he confronts his son after being released by the police after being charged. Even when his wife, excellently played by Vera Miles, descends into depression he reamains utterly stoic.

Miles's breakdown is seen by some as the most difficult part of the story to understand but when looking the film as a whole as a study of Catholic guilt, it is much easier to understand. Throughout the film Fonda's character is not without his rosary. From the prison cell (where it is the only thing the policeman lets him keep) to the courthouse, it is never far away. This is a study of guilt, and a deeply personal film for its director. Hitchcock was haunted by an episode where he was locked in a police cell for a few hours at the age of five. This film clearly faces the considerations of that incident head on.

Its style is also very much at odds with the other movies Hitchcock was making at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Man DVD
If you like a good old fashioned film that is acted well and you can follow easily, you will enjoy this. They don't make them like this any more. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Mrs. S. A. Mckenna
3.0 out of 5 stars Documentary vs, Fiction
The Wrong Man is a faithful account of a real-life news story.Hitchcock shows the story through the eyes of the innocent man,describing his suffering as a result of a crime... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by technoguy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great exploration of the law
Christopher Balestrero (Fonda) is mistaken for a bank robber and has no evidence to support his innocence. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2009 by Stampy
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WRONG MAN
Another good,if not great,hitchcock movie.This is based on a true story of a man wrongfully arrested for crimes committed by a look-alike robber. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by ciaran moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock in low-key but intense form
This is Hitchcock on a small scale with fireworks kept strictly in check, but still showing other directors how it's done by his attention to detail. Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by Humpty Dumpty
3.0 out of 5 stars A Realisitic Film
This is, perhaps, one of Hitchcock`s sombre, realisitc films. It portrays the situation of an innocent man caught up in a series of events not of his own making. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by J. M. Harman
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's "true story" lacks suspense
The idea of "The Wrong Man" is something that permeates through a number of Hitchock films although this can be said to be unique in his cannon, based as it is so closely on a real... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2008 by IWFIcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough to put your head away...
"The Wrong Man" is a melancholy and downbeat film which is atypical of Hitchcock's 1950's offerings. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2006 by L. Davidson
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