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Stars: 5 / 5
Recommendation: Despite not being a commercially successful movie, the scariest movie by Hitchcock, this sad drama leaves you anxious for the Balestreros and a rage against the mishandling of justice. An excellent masterpiece certainly overlooked and forgotten.
The Wrong Man is a 1956 American film noir produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Sir Anthony Quayle and Harold J. Stone among the lead cast. One of the few Hitchcock movies based on true story closely following the real-life events.
Christopher Emanuel "Manny" Balestrero (portrayed by Henry Fonda) goes to the life insurance company to borrow $300 for his wife, Rose's (portrayed by Vera Miles), dental work. The insurance company mistakes him for the guy who had twice held them up and robbed. From there it starts a journey of mistaken identity, arrests, court room drama and finally redemption due to sheer luck.
Based on the true story mentioned in the book The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson, screenplay for the film was written by Angus MacPhail with expert support from Anderson.( Collapse )