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Niagara (1953)

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Release Date: Jan 21, 1953 Wide

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Belated honeymooners Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage only to find that Rose (Marilyn Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten) have not yet checked out. Though the Cutlers temporarily take another cabin, the lives of the two couples are bound together for the next two days. Polly discovers that Rose is having an affair and that George, though emotionally unstable, has good reason for his jealous rage. George accurately suspects that Rose

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Charles Brackett

May 14, 2002

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The Falls themselves are an ever-present backdrop, and as memorable (and integral to the plotting) as Mount Rushmore was in "North by Northwest."

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

This film noir in color benefits from Hathaway's taut direction, strong performances of Monroe as the adulterous wife and Cotten as the jealous hubby, and location shooting.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's considered a lesser Monroe, but I like it.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Watchable, but otherwise unremarkable.

August 29, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

So Marilyn can act. Who knew?

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

One of Marilyn's best, a tawdry Fox melodrama.

October 14, 2004

Apesar das boas atuações de Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters e da presença marcante de Marilyn Monroe, o filme naufraga graças a um roteiro medíocre e à direção burocrática de Hathaway.

January 20, 2003 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

The parts without [Monroe's] luminous presence onscreen are noticeably less interesting than those parts where she was involved.

May 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

A pale imitation of Vertigo

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (2)
Filmcritic.com

The real star in this film is the majestic and powerful Niagara Falls...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Niagara

The look and atmosphere in this film is so vivid that even viewed on TV it makes you feel as if you have been to Niagara Falls sometime in the early 1950s. The plot takes a deceptively leisurely pace but it builds to a gripping climax. It is worth the viewer's time & effort to stick with it to the end. Marilyn Monroe is radiantly treacherous & her performance is subtle and bears close watching beyond her obvious attractiveness. She should get a lot more credit for this picture than I've seen others give her. Joseph Cotten balances between being menacing & getting our pity & sympathy. Not all the performances are terrific but this movie is a gem that rewards the effort to stick with it to the end. 4 1/2 Stars 4 -8-13
April 9, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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Marilyn Monroe is the luscious femme fatale in this film noir travelogue shot on the US/Canadian border. Mother Nature provides the breathtaking backdrop for this dark honeymoon romp of deceit, deception and murder.
March 20, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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"Too bad. They can't play it for you now, Rose."

Niagra failed to get me very interested from the very start, so you might as well know now that this won't be a very enthusiastic review. I sort of drifted through most of it, only paying attention enough to know what was going on. It's not a bad film, but I doubt I'll see it again.

It takes place near Niagara Falls, as Marilyn Monroe plays an unfaithful and treacherous wife who plans to have her husband killed. A visiting couple on their honeymoon gets unknowingly mixed up in the plot, and the plan falls apart in a way that ends up putting nearly everyone in danger.

This was my first Monroe movie, and while she was certainly beautiful, I found my eyes drawn to her co-star Jean Peters much more often. She stole the movie, as far as I'm concerned. I'd say that discovering her made the movie worth my time, I'm certainly going to check out more of her work.

Other than that, I found Niagara to be a pretty forgettable thriller set in a very beautiful place, and even the gorgeous surroundings aren't really taken advantage of on the screen. Some movies just don't catch a person's interest, for whatever reason, and Niagara is the most recent example of that, for me.
December 24, 2010
lewiskendell

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The seductive and transparent Marilyn Monroe stumbles upon a role with a long shelf life, as the manipulative and vain Mrs. Loomis. Her husband, crazed, or long been used by his formidable wife, is the perfect mesh of a grotesque shell of a man, and the sympathetic murderer. The twists and turns that garner this movie into a tale of deception and lust are played out among the beautiful Niagara Falls, and a nearby married couple, all the more sensitive towards the inevitable climax.
December 11, 2010
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