Under Capricorn
Under Capricorn (1949)

Returning to his old Elstree Studios headquarters in England, Alfred Hitchcock did his best with Hume Cronyn's adaptation of the James Bridie novel Under Capricorn. Costume drama was never Hitchcock's forte, as proven by his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Giddily atypical in its style even as it explores lurid new byways of Hitchcock's familiar obsessions.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It seems that neither Miss Bergman nor Mr. Hitchcock has tangled here with stuff of any better than penny-dreadful substance and superfical demands.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite star power (Ingrid Bergman), this historical drama is one of Hitchcoçk's few weaak films.

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Variety Staff

Under Capricorn is overlong and talky, with scant measure of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller tricks.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Shot in astonishingly elaborate long takes, this is the kind of film that finds the most brilliant poetry in the slightest movement of the camera -- a paradigm of cinematic expression.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The character-driven dark film has a poignant romanticism that is not thought of when you think of a Hitchcock film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama with echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion.

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TV Guide

Talky and static, with little of Hitchcock's trademark suspense. The costume drama was not his metier, and he wisely decided to stay out of the genre after this.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

A rare bad Hitchcock movie

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Any Hitchcock film has interesting things in but this somewhat overheated soap opera isn't one of his best. Would have benefited from being between 15 to… More
George Matalliotakis
A melodrama with a few beautiful moments and interesting characters. Also, some nice long shots allow the performances to shine. It does not, however, has a… More
Matheus Carvalho
Um dos filmes mais incomuns de Hitchcock por não se tratar de um suspense tradicional e sim um drama de época. Infelizmente, também é uma de suas produções… More
Aj V
This is one of Hitchcock's lesser films, it's nothing like his others, and not in a good way. It's a melodrama set in the past. The only good… More