The Collector (The Butterfly Collector)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
The Collector (The Butterfly Collector)
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,… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"William Wyler received his twelfth (and last) Oscar nomination for directing this tense, well-acted adapation of John Fowler's novel, starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Stamp was beautiful to behold."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Wyler's skill with performances makes the film constantly riveting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Creepy, unsettling thriller from the great William Wyler."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A must-see classic."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Eerie 60s class-consciousness thriller that features Stamp and Eggar in top form."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
More reviews for The Collector (The Butterfly Collector) on Rotten Tomatoes