In terms of psychological power and innovative visual techniques, MARNIE ranks alongside VERTIGO and PSYCHO as one of Alfred Hitchcock's most exceptional films, though it is less well known than these classics. This thriller, based on a best-selling novel by Wilson Graham, revolves around a pathological liar and compulsive thief (Tippi Hedren) who is befriended by her latest victim, Mark Rutland (Sean Connery). The core of the story concerns a wealthy man who marries a beautiful woman who steals from his business. Despite his sincere love, dashing looks, and wealth, some deep-seated neurosis makes her emotionally inaccessible, causing him to search her past for an explanation. This is Connery's American film debut, and he portrays his character's fascination with Marnie with a conviction that allows the psychological turmoil of the young woman to emerge. Hedren's performance as the deeply conflicted and emotionally scarred woman walks the fine line favored by Hitchcock, balanced between an icy sexuality and emotional fragility. The director wants to show the audience Marnie's world and fears, so he uses a range of innovative visual techniques--including awkward rear projections, flashes of color, and a menacing atmosphere of storms--to convey her troubled state of mind. MARNIE is one of Hitchcock's most underrated and underappreciated films.
Robert Boyle - Designer/Art Director
Robert F. Boyle - Designer/Art Director
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Bernard Herrmann - Film Composer, PSYCHO, CITIZEN KANE
Milton Selzer - TV/Film Supporting Actor
Jay Presson Allen - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Jay Allen - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Jacqueline Presson - Screenwriter/producer, THE PRIME OF MISS.../DEATHTRAP
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
Louise Latham - American Actress
Diane Baker - American Actress
Tippi Hedren - American actress, model, THE BIRDS (1963), MARNIE
Nathalie Hedren - American actress, model, THE BIRDS (1963), MARNIE
Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Thomas Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Bob Sweeney - Supporting Actor/"Marnie"
Hitchcock cameo: Five minutes into the film, Hitchcock can be seen entering a hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren has passed by. The flash of color used in Marnie is a technique Hitchcock had experimented with as early as his 1935 film, SECRET AGENT. Tippi Hedren's part was originally offered to Grace Kelly, who had retired from acting to become the princess of Monaco. Hedren had been introduced in Alfred Hitchcock's previous film, THE BIRDS.