Rebecca (1940)

Approved   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Romance


Rebecca (1940) Poster

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.


8.1/10
118,125

Videos


Photos

  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, 1964.
  • Alfred Hitchcock in Rebecca (1940)
  • Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Rebecca (1940)
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier. 1940 Selznick
  • "Rebecca," Joan Fontaine. 1940 Selznick
  • Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson in Rebecca (1940)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


10 July 2002 | tfrizzell
Haunting Hitchcock.
The only Alfred Hitchcock (Oscar-nominated for directing) film to win the Best Picture Oscar, "Rebecca" is one of those typical films from the amazing director that chills, entertains and puts you on the edge of your seat each time you watch it. Joan Fontaine (Oscar-nominated) has just married the very wealthy Laurence Olivier (also Oscar-nominated), but she is haunted by his mysterious housekeeper (a show-stopping Oscar-nominated performance by Judith Anderson) and the memory of the film's titled character (Olivier's late wife). Hitchcock, noted for his subtle sexual under-tones in films spares none of that here as Anderson's character and the late titled character's relationship seemed to go much further than employee-employer. Anderson slowly tries to drive Fontaine to insanity and the end she may accomplish her devious goal. Hitchcock's first real major U.S. debut stunned the Academy and audiences alike and would lead to the coveted Best Picture Oscar. It is not the best film the legendary director ever worked on, but it is still an amazingly good production that works on many cinematic levels. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



More Like This

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Notorious

Notorious

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

All About Eve

All About Eve

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Rope

Rope

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Spellbound

Spellbound

Suspicion

Suspicion

The Apartment

The Apartment

Did You Know?

Trivia

David O. Selznick insisted on personally supervising re-takes of the fire scene, which he thought had been indistinct as originally shot. The final shot of flames engulfing the title character's "R" monogram were redone because he thought the initial had not been as carefully framed as Mrs. Danvers would have placed it and the flames hadn't come up quickly enough or high enough.


Quotes

Policeman: Is this your car, sir ?
Jack Favell: Yes.
Policeman: Will you be going soon ? This isn't a parking place, you know.
Jack Favell: Oh, isn't it ? People are entitled... to leave their cars outside if they want to. It's a pity some of you fellows haven't anything better to do!


Goofs

When Mrs. Van Hopper begins to put out her cigarette into the cold cream jar, the jar already has a cigarette in it. At the closeup of the jar, the original cigarette is gone. She puts in a cigarette at an odd angle, but when the close up is over, we again see only the original one.


Crazy Credits

The original 1940 credits read "Selznick International presents its picturization of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'". The credits on the re-issue version read "The Selznick Studio presents its production of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'".


Alternate Versions

The opening credits were re-done (with different font) for the 1950's re-release of the movie. It is these credits that have turned up on all telecasts of the film (even as recently as 2013) and all previous video releases. The Criterion release (which is now only available through outlet stores) restores all of the credits to their original form.


Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by
J.L. Molloy
Hummed by Joan Fontaine

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

'Hamilton' Stars Through the Years

From Jack in Mary Poppins Returns to Lee Scoresby in "His Dark Materials," take a look back at the TV and movie roles of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of Hamilton.

See the full gallery

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com