Spellbound (1945)

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A psychoanalyst falls in love with her new boss, and it is soon discovered that he has difficulty with remembering things as he is a troubled amnesiac--who may also be a killer.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Beeding, Angus MacPhail, John Palmer, Hilary St. George Sanders, Ben Hecht
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On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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as Dr. Constance Peters...

as John Ballantine

as Dr. Alex Brulov

as Dr. Murchison

as Mary Carmichael

as Matron

as Dr. Fleurot

as Dr. Graff

as Dr. Hanish

as Dr. Galt

as Sheriff

as Stranger in Hotel Lo...

as House Detective

as Bellboy

as Railroad Clerk

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as Gateman

as Lt. Cooley

as Sgt. Gillespie

as Secretary at Police ...

as J.B. as a Boy

as J.B.'s Brother

as Police Captain

as Ticket Taker

as Dr. Edwardes

as Gateman

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Critic Reviews for Spellbound

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (1)

Not to be speechless about it, David O. Selznick has a rare film in Spellbound.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

...a rare misfire within Hitch's otherwise solid body of work.

Full Review… | July 21, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

I don't agree with her much, but Pauline Kael was right about this one.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Film Freak Central

It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Made in an age when master shots often became a standard scene style, Hitchcock shows some real thought behind his composition.

Full Review… | February 6, 2012
7M Pictures

A commercial and critical hit in its day, this Best Picture Oscar nominee has seen its standing slip in the ensuing decades, as it's never mentioned on any list of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. That's a shame.

Full Review… | January 25, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Spellbound

Dr. Alex Brulov: What is there for you to see? We both know that the mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of the intellect!

"Will he Kiss me or Kill me?"

Spellbound is just another good thriller from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. This isn't one of his best movies by any means, it isn't Vertigo, Rear Window or Psycho. What it is, though, is a thoroughly interesting, engaging and suspenseful thriller.

A new director is arriving at a mental asylum where he will begin his new job, replacing a man that has been there for 20 years. When he does arrive, the rest of the staff is baffled by his young age. The man also is showing signs of mental distress and lack of knowledge about his job. Anymore knowledge on the film would just take away from it.

There's a lot of great art direction going on in Spellbound. There are some masterfully constructed and original scenes, the least of which, not being Salvador Dali's designed dream sequence.

This Hitchcock classic is a fun ride and features all the elements of a Hitchcock film that make them so great. Obviously this is one you should see.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

The Dali dream sequence was genius! Ingrid Bergman as a cold psychiatrist was perfect as well as a confused Gregory Peck. A story that never fully reveals itself until the last minutes, Spellbound is a film that takes commitment but is a psychological classic.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

This was the first film to focus on the then revolutionary use of psychoanalysis. So, in regards to history, this is a fairly important film, but, when looked at today, it doesn't hold up as well. All of the psychology talk comes of as being more like psychobabble, things are dated, and the exism is notable. Of course, this was made in 1945, so it was slightly more excusable then, but it's no longer 1945, so it did get my attention a little more than it should have.

I'll excuse some of these issues though, since the story at hand is a decent one. We've got a maverick female doctor who begins treating an amnesiac who may or may not have committed murder and stolen someone's identity. Basically this is a typical Hitch murder mystery dressed up with Freudian analysis and symbolism.

But that's just fine when you've got some really good art direction, decent effects, and a sweet (and trippy) dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali. The dream sequence is definitely the highlight of the film, despite the fact that a lot of it was unfortunately cut and Dali was ultimately not happy about the end results. Still though, it's some memorable stuff.

Acting wise, we've got Gregory Peck as the male lead, and, he's good, but perhaps a bit wooden. Ingrid Bergman shines though as the female lead, and she's giving a wonderful performance here. And, keeping in line with typical Hitch, there's murder AND romance, so this film is stuffed with all sorts of things for all sorts of people. Plus, the score is nice too, if maybe somewhat schmaltzy.

All in all, a fine enough film, but kinda overrated. I'll be kind though and say it's near the top of Hitch's B-List.

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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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