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Wrong Man [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, Charles Cooper
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Angus MacPhail, Maxwell Anderson
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOER6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc on 9 Aug 2013
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Cohen-almagor on 2 Mar 2012
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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It can only really be seen as a minor film. Whatever thrills there are come from the rather melodramatic treatment of Vera Miles' responses to the events. In fact the whole plot is a McGuffin for her psychological issues and a kind of critique of the woman's soul-destroying anxiety about not being a good enough 'home-maker' to her husband + 2 children when there's not enough money coming in. The pace is procedurally slow on purpose and the best bits and the most frightening are those in which we see Fonda's response to his incarceration. Once he's out and the transference of pain to Vera begins, it's less satisfying and the shrink reminds us of Hitchcock's coda to Psycho where illness is all wrapped up pat in simplistic psycho-babble - the same thing happens in Spellbound. Henry's Manny/Chris blames it all on the 'Right' Man but I think we're left to wonder whose 'fault' it all is - the answer might be 'luck' (Manny/Chris's flirting with the horses suggests it's something like that). Strange choice of Anthony Quayle for the lawyer, perhaps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 8 Aug 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Meachen on 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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A haunting film by Alfred Hitchcock featuring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles on top form, the true story of Manny Ballastrero's wrongful arrest and the devastating effects on him and his family. The pace is pedestrian by modern standards, some of the dialogue is cheesy; but these are minor quibbles. The film has lost none of its power to shock 50 years on: you can see just how easily such miscarriages of justice could happen, even today. The picture and sound quality are superb; the decision to shoot in black and white a masterstroke, adding to the brooding, haunting atmosphere. Well worth watching, this film will live with you forever.
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