The Wrong Man
The Wrong Man (1956)

Based on the true story of a musician wrongly accused of robbing an insurance company and the grave effect his predicament has on his family.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 22, 1956
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Hitchcock's ultimate point evokes cosmic terror: innocence is merely a trick of paperwork, whereas guilt is the human condition.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Devoid of any Hitchcockian touches, the movie disappoints only in that it could have been made by any filmmaker experimenting in the faux-documentary style during this period (Jules Dassin comes to mind) -- otherwise, it's gripping material.

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Matthew Sorrento

Confined spaces highlight Hitchcock's inversion of his usual fugitive-on-the-run films. (From Hitchcock 101)

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Frighteningly authentic, the story generates only a modicum of drama.

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Josh Larsen

...even the straightest of citizens will be looking over their shoulder.

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Emanuel Levy

Boasting an iconic performance from Henry Fonda in the titular role, this is Hitchcock's most somber film and one of of the bleakest works in film history, which may account for its commercial failure and underappreciated status.

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David Keyes

A sullen drama from the first scene until the last, anchored by rather sincere performances and conveyed in the sorts of shadows and silence that were the staples of mainstream film noir.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a banner title in Henry Fonda's acting repertoire, and one that works to illustrate Hitchcock's fractured psychoses.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Essentially a crime noir thriller with a twist, Paul McGuigan's film is showy and sharp, whose witty dialogue is delivered with a shrug

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
In this very somber Hitchcock offering Henry Fonda is a everyman musician for an exclusive nightclub accused of a series of petty crimes. The effect on him and… More
Aj V
Yet another brilliant film of Hitchcock's from the fifties, I highly recommend this one.
Graham Jones
A minor work for Hitchcock during his greatest period is far better than most films made today.
Michael Gildea
At the beginning of The Wrong Man, Alfred Hitchcock informs (more like warns) his audience this movie is a departure from his other movies. What follows is a… More
familiar stranger
(It) May have been extra-ordinary in its time or/and for Hitchcock fans, but if you ask me.........
Conner Rainwater
Itâ??s a really simple movie, but I love it anyway. How can you lose with Henry Fonda, heâ??s the ultimate do-gooder. The person you can always count on to be… More