almost 2 years
Hitchcock, subdued perhaps by respect to the true story, delivers one of his finest works.
over 3 years
Is this Hitchcock's most underrated movie? It's brilliant, and heartbreaking.
over 7 years
Some really nice film noir elements. Excellent story telling.
The Wrong Man is a 1956 film by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles. The film is based on a true story of an innocent man charged for a crime he did not commit. The story was based on the book The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson and the article "A Case of Identity" (Life magazine, June 29, 1953) by Herbert Brean.
It was one of the few Hitchcock films based on a true story, and unusually for Hitchcock, the facts of the story were not changed much.
The Wrong Man has had a significant influence on many directors. The Wrong Man provoked the longest piece of criticism written by Jean-Luc Godard and was an influence on Taxi Driver.
The film examines the experience of Manny Balestrero (Fonda) who works as a musician in the Stork Club, a nightclub in New York City. Manny and Rose (Miles), his wife, have very little money. When Rose needs some dental work, Manny attempts to borrow on her insurance policy at the insurance office....