The Wrong Man [Blu-ray] [1956]

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  • Release Date: 01/26/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features


  • Making-of documentary Guilt Trip: Hitchcock and The Wrong Man
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The Wrong Man
Director Alfred Hitchcock lets us know from the outset that The Wrong Man is a painfully true story and not one of his customary fabricated suspense yarns, through the simple expedient of walking before the camera and telling us as much (this introductory appearance replaced his planned cameo role as a nightclub patron). The real-life protagonist, musican Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, is played by Henry Fonda. Happily married and gainfully employed at the Stork Club, Balestrero's life takes a disastrous turn when he goes to an insurance office, hoping to borrow on his wife's (Vera Miles) life insurance policy in order to pay her dental bills. One of the girls in the office spots Balestrero, identifying him as the man who robbed the office a day or so earlier. This, and a few scattered bits of circumstantial evidence, lead to Balestrero's arrest. Though he's absolutely innocent, he can offer no proof of his whereabouts the day of the crime. Lawyer Frank O'Connor (Anthony Quayle) does his best to help his client, but he's up against an indifferent judicial system that isn't set up to benefit the "little man". Meanwhile, Balestrero's wife becomes emotionally unhinged, leading to a complete nervous breakdown. As Balestrero prays in his cell, his image is juxtaposed onto the face of the actual criminal-who looks nothing like the accused man! Utilizing one of his favorite themes-the helplessness of the innocent individual when confronted by the faceless bureaucracy of the Law-Hitchcock weaves a nightmarish tale, all the more frightening because it really happened (the film's best moment: Fonda looking around the nearly empty courtroom during his arraignment, realizing that the rest of the world cares precisely nothing about his inner torment). Hitch enhances the film's versimilitude by shooting in the actual locations where the real story occured. His only concession to Hollywood formula was the half-hearted coda, assuring us that Mrs. Balestrero eventually recovered from her mental collapse (she sure doesn't look any too healthy the last time we see her!) Watch for uncredited appearances by Harry Dean Stanton, Bonnie Franklin, Tuesday Weld and Charles Aidman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (Manny)
  • Vera Miles
    Vera Miles - Rose Balestrero
  • Anthony Quayle
    Anthony Quayle - Frank O'Connor
  • Harold J. Stone
    Harold J. Stone - Lt. Bowers
  • Charles Cooper
    Charles Cooper - Matthews, a detective



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent release of often forgotten Hitch film.

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    HudsonHawk
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    Wrong Man often gets lost in the shuffle when talking about Hitchcock's legendary 1950's output. It'd be hard for it not to, when he was putting out North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, his TV show and more during those same years. But it's still a solid film, and the most unique of his "wrong man caught up in a bad situation" type films. This blu-ray offers a stunning transfer of the existing audio and visual elements, and any fan of the film or Hitch's work shouldn't hesitate in upgrading.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great old movie

    Posted
    Pinhead
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    This is a movie that takes place in the town I grew up in ( Jackson Heights, NY) ...and is about a man who is wrongly accused for a crime he didn’t commit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of Hitchcock's most underrated

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    Bound2
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    Henry Fonda plays as the perfect incarnation of Hitch's innocent man suspect of criminal activity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, shipped fast!

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    jrodspants
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    If you love Hitchcock movies, The Wrong Man will be one of your new favorites.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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