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Plot, Details & Awards

The Collector

(1965)
Not Rated In Theaters 06/17/1965 , 119min.
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Plot & Details

John Fowles's novel The Collector was written in the form of a dual diary, one kept by a kidnapper, the other by his victim. The film is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the former, a nerdish British bank clerk named Freddy Clegg (Terence Stamp). A neurotic recluse whose only pleasure is butterfly collecting, Clegg wins $200,000 in the British Football Pool. He purchases a huge country estate, fixes up its cellar with all the comforts of home, then kidnaps Miranda (Samantha Eggar), an art student whom he has worshipped from afar. The demented Clegg doesn't want ransom, nor does he want to rape the girl: he simply wants to "collect" her. She isn't keen on this, and tries several times to escape. After several weeks, Clegg and Miranda grow increasingly fond of one another, and Clegg promises to let her go. When time comes for the actual release, however, Clegg decides that Miranda hasn't completely come around to his way of thinking and changes his mind, leading to a further series of unfortunate events.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Stanley Mann Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Samantha Eggar Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay John Kohn Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director William Wyler Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director William Wyler Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Samantha Eggar Won
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Stanley Mann Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay John Kohn Nominated
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Samantha Eggar Won
1965 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Terence Stamp Won

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