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Marnie (1964)



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One year after she appeared as Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, The Birds, actress Tippi Hedren took on another Hitchcock role in this unusual psychological drama. Marnie Edgars (Hedren) is a scheming young woman who repeatedly finds employment as a secretary and then proceeds to rob her employers. Though she changes her disguise, her new boss Mark Rutland (Sean Connery), a business associate of one victim, recognizes her. Mark proves to be a bit unusual himself and, instead of reporting her to the police, is intrigued by her criminal behavior--as well as her bizarre aversion to touch. Mark slowly uncovers the events in Marnie's past that have caused her antisocial behavior. Taken from Winston Graham's best-selling novel, Jay Presson Allen adapted Marnie to the screen. Allen would go on to create many more unusual female protagonists for the screen and stage.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Presson Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


Tippi Hedren
as Marnie Edgar
Sean Connery
as Mark Rutland
Diane Baker
as Lil Mainwaring
Martin Gabel
as Sidney Strutt
Louise Latham
as Bernice Edgar
Bob Sweeney
as Cousin Bob
Milton Selzer
as Man at Track
Mariette Hartley
as Susan Clabon
Alan Napier
as Mr. Rutland
Bruce Dern
as Sailor
Henry Beckman
as First Detective
Meg Wyllie
as Mrs. Turpin
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Strutt
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Critic Reviews for Marnie

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

Psychologically resonant, visually transcendent ...

Full Review… | September 21, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Universally despised on its first release, Marnie remains one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest and darkest achievements.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Marnie is the character study of a thief and a liar, but what makes her tick remains clouded even after a climax reckoned to be shocking but somewhat missing its point.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Top Critic

It's still thrilling to watch, lush, cool and oddly moving.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Considered a misfire at the time, it now looks like late-period Hitchcock at his most Hitchcockian.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

At once a fascinating study of a sexual relationship and the master's most disappointing film in years.

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

Audience Reviews for Marnie


One of Hitchcock's later films, this has the beginnings of the psychologically disturbed young woman genre, surrounding one woman tormented by something she can't really remember. This was also used as a plot device in the very famous made-for-TV movie "Sibyl" and later horror films, but is used here to fuel the story of an unloved and criminally insane young woman. Marnie herself is a very interesting character, because instead of being marred by her past and becoming a timid young thing, she becomes a kleptomaniac, a rogue thief, and a sly underdog compared to Sean Connery, who arrives to calm her memories and make her whole once more. Though she is obviously a repressed character, both cunningly criminal and flawed, she is not shown as vulnerable. Instead of being truly empathetic to Marnie as a character, the film allows the character of Mark to swoop in and become her savior in a matter of minutes while also proving to be her jailer, and also her salvation. While it is true that Marnie is, again, repressed, Mark acts as a repressive force himself. He gives her a home and money, which he believes that she steals for her own survival, and acts as if he is doing her a service, while blackmailing her into marriage. He goes go on to almost rape her, hits her, and threatens her with police action and more violence. Mark also helps her confront her repressed demons, eventually becoming her love interest. By eliminating a psychotherapist from the book and replacing them with Mark, there is a lack of balance to their "relationship." Because of the lessening of characters from the book to the film, it becomes much more pointed a narrative and loses any dynamism, becoming a cretinous love story. The only relationship explored with any affinity, and shows an empathy towards Marnie's plight, is between her and her mother. Their relationship is portrayed as an embittered and loathsome one, full of lies and without the caring a mother should exhibit. That proves to be the best aspect of the film and somewhat of its saving grace, if you can get past the Neanderthal portrayal of Mark.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


This movie is decent. I definitely wouldn't consider it one of Hitchcocks best films....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Hitch considers warped feminine mystique while entertaining his own warped sensibilities (naturally, and why not? ... his are okay, yah?) in this never boring look at a soul pulled back from the cliff of the lost by the hunter/warden/lover? (Sean Connery, brooding respectable charisma). Tippi is Hitch's willing victim again, and charming at it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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