The Collector (1965)




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John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg (Terence Stamp). A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the British Football Pool. He purchases a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps Miranda (Samantha Eggar), an art student whom he has worshipped from afar. The demented Clegg doesn't want ransom, nor does he want to rape the girl: he simply wants to "collect" her. She isn't keen on this, and tries several times to escape. After several weeks, Clegg and Miranda grow increasingly fond of one another, and Clegg promises to let her go. When time comes for the actual release, however, Clegg decides that Miranda hasn't completely come around to his way of thinking and changes his mind, leading to a further series of unfortunate events.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Terence Stamp
as Freddie Clegg
Samantha Eggar
as Miranda Grey
Mona Washbourne
as Aunt Annie
Maurice Dallimore
as The Neighbor
William Beckley
as Crutchley
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Critic Reviews for The Collector

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

William Wyler received his twelfth (and last) Oscar nomination for directing this tense, well-acted adapation of John Fowler's novel, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Top Critic

Wyler's skill with performances makes the film constantly riveting.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

A must-see classic.

October 27, 2005

Stamp was beautiful to behold.

July 25, 2004

Creepy, unsettling thriller from the great William Wyler.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Eerie 60s class-consciousness thriller that features Stamp and Eggar in top form.

March 9, 2004
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for The Collector

You could call this a love story if you wanted to, but it doesn't quite describe William Wyler's 1965 psychological thriller The Collector. It's more about learning about a man who's mind is clearly not stable, and what we find out about him later. The film builds on a tension through the eyes of the culprit and his victim and rarely moves away from that, if ever. Through dialogue and body language, we learn a lot about these two people and we're interested in seeing what becomes of them. A minor complaint would be the film's look. Despite very strong direction from Wyler, the look of the film is pretty sparse and uninteresting. It looks like a television show rather than a film, which is a shame because playing with the color palette and lighting could have been a real benefit for such a tense atmosphere. Regardless, it's still a masterwork of terrific performances and story Wyler and from both Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Sad and creepy but still very watchable thanks to the usual excellent direction of William Wyler and the accomplished playing of Samantha Eggar and especially Terence Stamp whose icy demeanor as well as his ice blue eyes have rarely matched his character so well. The ending is chilling.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Eh, the book was much creepier.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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