The Collector

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Three Oscar nominations were awarded (Eggar, Wyler, Mann and Kohn), but no statuettes were given to this thriller that could have been one of the best were it not for sluggish direction. Stamp is a wimpy bank clerk with a dull life that is only relieved by his collection of butterflies. He falls in love with Eggar, a lovely art student, and wishes she would...read more

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Three Oscar nominations were awarded (Eggar, Wyler, Mann and Kohn), but no statuettes were given to this thriller that could have been one of the best were it not for sluggish direction. Stamp is a wimpy bank clerk with a dull life that is only relieved by his collection of butterflies. He

falls in love with Eggar, a lovely art student, and wishes she would return the feelings, but she is frankly repulsed by his attentions. When Stamp wins 200,000 pounds in the football pools, he is able to quit his job, so he purchases a farmhouse a good distance out of town where no one will

bother him. He kidnaps Eggar and forces her into the basement, which he has comfortably furnished with anything she might need: clothes in her size, art books, records of fine classical pieces. At no time does he lay a hand on her, but the tension keeps building; unfortunately it doesn't build

fast enough. The film suffers from constriction in much the same way that SLEUTH does. There are only two other actors with speaking roles who do the best with what little they have. Eggar was first seen in this country in a bit part in THE WILD AND THE WILLING. Her role in THE COLLECTOR won the

Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Review: Three Oscar nominations were awarded (Eggar, Wyler, Mann and Kohn), but no statuettes were given to this thriller that could have been one of the best were it not for sluggish direction. Stamp is a wimpy bank clerk with a dull life that is only relieved by… (more)

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