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In theaters Mar 27, 1940
Unrated, 2 hr. 10 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: The second Mrs. de Winter is a shy and naive young woman, besotted with charming and urbane Maxim de Winter. They meet and fall in love while vacationing on the Riviera, and after a speedy marriage, return to Maxim's vast English estate, Manderly. His wife is introduced to an army of servants who immediately, if subtly, display hostility towards her, as they all adored Rebecca, Max's first wife, whose death is shrouded in mystery. As the servants become more hostile, the second wife grows more
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 2 hr. 10 min.
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Theater Release: Mar 27, 1940
DVD Release: Mar 13, 2001


Laurence Olivier

Maxim de Winter
Joan Fontaine

Mrs. de Winter
George Sanders

Jack Favell
Judith Anderson

Mrs. Danvers
Nigel Bruce

Maj. Giles Lacey
Reginald Denny

Frank Crowley
C. Aubrey Smith

Col. Julyan
Gladys Cooper

Beatrice Lacy
Florence Bates

Mrs. Van Hopper
Melville Cooper

The Coroner


Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hitchcock's first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.
  • This time Hitchcock does it all his way, does a splendid job and has a splendid cast to do it with. More...
  • One of the finest productional efforts of the past year. More...
  • Through its first two-thirds it is as perfect a myth of adolescence as any of the Disney films, documenting the childlike, nameless heroine's initiation into the adult mysteries of sex, death, and identity. More...
  • Hitchcock shows superb technical control and attends to his trademark motifs, from monstrous mother figures to the fetishisation of clothing. More...
  • An altogether brilliant film, haunting, suspenseful, handsome and handsomely played. More...
  • The result exhibits that the director is capable of a range few would credit him with. More...
  • Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel. More...
  • Self-consciously prestigious literary filmmaking... more in line with the producer's career than the director's. More...
  • It's an elegant production, beautifully photographed and designed like a dream house shrouded in mourning, but it also favors the pictorial over the cinematic and surface over subtext. More...
  • Let's take a moment to talk about water. More...