The Wrong Man

1956

The Wrong Man

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91%

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75%

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Movie Info

Based on the true story of a musician wrongly accused of robbing an insurance company and the grave effect his predicament has on his family.

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Cast

Henry Fonda
as Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (Manny)
Vera Miles
as Rose Balestrero
Anthony Quayle
as Frank O'Connor
Harold J. Stone
as Lt. Bowers
Esther Minciotti
as Mrs. Balestrero
Charles Cooper
as Det. Matthews
Nehemiah Persoff
as Gene Conforti
Laurinda Barrett
as Constance Willis
Norma Connolly
as Betty Todd
Doreen Lang
as Ann James
Frances Reid
as Mrs. O'Connor
Lola D'Annunzio
as Olga Conforti
Robert Essen
as Gregory Balestrero
Kippy Campbell
as Robert Balestrero
Dayton Lummis
as Judge Groat
John Vivyan
as Det. Holman
Will Hare
as McKaba
Harry Stanton
as Correction Officer
Mel Dowd
as Nurse
Peggy Webber
as Miss Dennerly
Maurice Wells
as Department of Correction Officer
Anna Karen
as Miss Duffield
Emerson Treacy
as Mr. Wendon
William Hudson
as Police Lieutenant
Marc May
as Tomasini's Assistant
Leonard Capone
as Court Clerk
Harold Berman
as Court Stenographer
John Caler
as Soldier
Chris Gampel
as Department of Correction Guard
Silvio Minciotti
as Mr. Balestrero
Barry Atwater
as Mr. Bishop
Allan Ray
as Suspect
Dino Terranova
as Mr. Ferrero
Rosanna San Marco
as Mrs. Ferrero
Daniel Ocko
as Felony Court Judge
Olga Fabian
as Mrs. Mank
Paul Bryar
as Interrogation Officer
Don Turner
as Detective
Penny Santon
as Spanish Woman
Charles Aidman
as Medical Attendant
David Kelly
as Policeman
Helen Shields
as Receptionist
Dan Terranova
as Mr. Ferraro
Cherry Hardy
as Waving Woman
Elizabeth Scott
as Waving Woman
Walter Köhler
as Manny's Attorney
John Truax
as Suspect
Spencer Davis
as Prisoner's Lawyer
Ed Bryce
as Court Officer
Henry Beckman
as Prisoner
Maria Reid
as Spanish Woman
Paul Carr
as Young Man
Maurice Manson
as District Attorney
Tuesday Weld
as Giggly Girl
Bonnie Franklin
as Giggly Girl
Dallas Midgette
as Customer at Bickford's
Pat Morrow
as Young Girl
Donald May
as Arresting Patrolman
John C. Becher
as Liquor Store Proprietor
Gordon B. Clark
as Police Attendant
George Earl Lee
as Delicatessen Proprietor
Mary Boylan
as Curious Customer
John R. McKee
as Police Attendant
Natalie Priest
as Delicatessen Proprietor's Wife
Rhodelle Heller
as Stork Club Customer
Olive Stacey
as Stork Club Customer
John Stephen
as Stork Club Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Wrong Man

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

  • Hitchcock's ultimate point evokes cosmic terror: innocence is merely a trick of paperwork, whereas guilt is the human condition.

    Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Frighteningly authentic, the story generates only a modicum of drama.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A sullen drama from the first scene until the last, anchored by rather sincere performances and conveyed in the sorts of shadows and silence that were the staples of mainstream film noir.

    May 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Devoid of any Hitchcockian touches, the movie disappoints only in that it could have been made by any filmmaker experimenting in the faux-documentary style during this period (Jules Dassin comes to mind) -- otherwise, it's gripping material.

    Jan 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ...even the straightest of citizens will be looking over their shoulder.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a banner title in Henry Fonda's acting repertoire, and one that works to illustrate Hitchcock's fractured psychoses.

    Oct 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wrong Man

  • Dec 01, 2016
    I have to say, usually in this country it's an African-American man who gets arrested as the 'Wrong Man', but this Hitchcock film is indeed based closely on a true story. It's interesting to ponder why Hitch announces that fact at the outset, and I suppose it's because therein lies the true horror: that at any time, while minding our own business, we might be arrested and accused of crimes we haven't committed. We might be have our freedom taken, get locked up in a cage, and find ourselves at the mercy of the judicial system. The scenes where Henry Fonda is imprisoned are absolutely brilliant, as are the ones of him on trial, looking around the courtroom, and noticing the trivial little behaviors of those around him, while his own life hangs in the balance. The pace of this movie is a little slow at times, but a part of that is intentional, and heightens the realism. The police procedures may have you shaking your head, as will the notoriously unreliable eyewitness testimony. There is a bit of a twist in the story concerning Fonda's wife, played by Vera Miles, which I didn't expect. It's not Hitchcock's best work, but it is the most direct statement of his concerning this motif which appeared in so many of his films, and certainly worth watching.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2012
    I never would have guessed that The Master at the height of his powers could fashion a film so desperately dull. Watch Henry Fonda get arrested, taken for questioning, get fingered in a lineup, stand for arraignment, go to prison, empty his pockets, count his change, and so on, all in tedious step-by-step detail. This was a personal project for Hitch in that it was a true story that fascinated him, even using some of the actual locations for shooting, but the subject of a wrongly accused man is nothing new to today's more socially conscious citizen. The only remarkable facet of the case is that the distress caused the wrong man's wife (Vera Miles) to be institutionalized for 2 years. Makes The Paradine Case look like Inherit the Wind.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2012
    In this very somber Hitchcock offering Henry Fonda is a everyman musician for an exclusive nightclub accused of a series of petty crimes. The effect on him and his family is the focus, as their lives, just above poverty to begin with, begin to unravel. Several scenes are noteworthy, like the booking in the police station and the courtroom scene, the sense of entrapment very palpable. Not a popular film, still worth your time.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    amusingly old school
    Nathan L Super Reviewer

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