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Alfred Hitchcock


Ingrid Bergman
Gregory Peck
Michael Chekhov
Leo G. Carroll
Rhonda Fleming
John Emery





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A new young doctor arrives at a psychiatric institute, arousing the interest of a female colleague. Soon, however, it appears the doctor may not be who he claims, and that murder is in his past. His dreams hold the key to unlocking the truth--if only they can be deciphered.

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mitchellyoung 08/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Early brilliance flashes across the screen in several scenes in this early Hitchcock film. The dream sequence is brilliant and the final third act is gripping. The downfall of the film is that its too talky at times and, particularly, certain scenes in the middle of the film drag with exposition.

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Chris Kavan 05/06/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A different Hitchcock film, but still a great experience. The psychoanalysis is dated, but the film is still classic. The Dali-esque dream sequence is the crown jewel in a film set in a mental institution.

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03/06/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Dr. Constance Petersen (Bergman) becomes urious of Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Peck). Elements of romance and mystery. The film explains too much which complicates the plot which in effect prolongs the movie. When the supposed twist in the end arrives, one would feel drained because of the complicated theories. Some of the direction were superb, the performances of Bergman and Peck were good. Unfortunately, this was not suspenseful, and deals more with the psyche of how a killer works. Some of the highlights were the dream sequence, its ending and acting of the leads. Overall, Spellbound could have paved the way of classics such as Vertigo or Strangers on a Train. If only it were as well paced and entertaining as the aforementioned films from the director.

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