The Wrong Man (1956)

June 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

This isn’t a particularly well recognized Hitchcock, but it’s one of my favourites for being a simple story, perfectly told.Henry Fonda is excellent as a straightforward and good man mistakenly assumed to be someone who’s held up a number of different stores.

Though a somewhat slow and bleak film, the pace works well, allowing every step of the way to feel believable and it’s well acted, so we really care for the characters, and feel the strain on the suffering family. It doesn’t have any of the the overly memorable set pieces Hitchcock is famous for, but an outstanding film nonetheless, a portrait of the kind of silent suffering the average person down the street or your neighbour might be enduring.

The DVD includes a short documentary with a good analysis of the film.

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