Wall Street Journal - 07/10/2009
"[An] eerily understated thriller....Maurice Jarre did the eloquent score."
Upon winning a sweepstakes prize, Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp), an inconspicuous and deeply troubled young man, spends his time capturing and cataloging butterflies. Meeting lovely art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar), he has now found another creature he wishes to possess. Exercising maniacal patience, Freddie manages to bag his prey using a handkerchief soaked in chloroform. He brings Miranda to his isolated farmhouse and holds her prisoner, all the while trying to convince her to love him.
This frightening tale of obsessive admiration is one of the key cinematic works in understanding the class and cultural clashes of the 1960s. Samantha Eggar's liberated woman, open about sex and knowledgeable about art, frustrates Terence Stamp's repressed captor, adding further tension to the situation. Nearing the end of a brilliant career, director William Wyler made an uncharacteristic choice to adapt John Fowles' disturbing novel as the follow-up to another bold work, his adaptation of THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (1961).
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
Love Story |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: June 17, 1965.
The DVD includes the original trailer for THE COLLECTOR, as well as trailers for THE PANIC ROOM and ENOUGH.
In the film, Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar) has a profound affection for THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and Salvador Dali, things that Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) does not understand.
William Wyler won the Oscar for Best Director three times--for MRS. MINIVER (1942), THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), AND BEN-HUR (1959). He was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1965. In 1976 he was awarded the Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute.