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314 Ratings


Directed by Max Ophüls
United States, 1949
Drama, Thriller, Film noir


Leonora Eames marries Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her dream becomes a nightmare once she realizes her husband is sadistically hell-bent on keeping her prisoner. When she falls pregnant, she and one of her doctors, Larry Quinada, fall in love. What will happen to Leonora?

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Caught Directed by Max Ophüls
It’s an interesting film in many ways and in many ways a good one — the Ophuls visual style is restrained but still elegant — until its ending. The movie can be seen as Ophuls’ revenge on Howard Hughes, who had fired him from VENDETTA (as he would later fire Preston Sturges and Stuart Heisler)… All this is very dramatic and interesting and of course beautifully filmed by Ophuls.
October 25, 2017
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The movie is especially powerful because it’s such an accurate portrayal of domestic violence, the sense of entitlement that sadistic males often have in these marriages, and the push-and-pull these men engage in to confuse and psychologically dominate their victims. Although Ohlrig is not a killer, he hates women, and seeks to destroy them with his hate and control.
November 04, 2016
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That movement—that is, Leonora’s movement—is conveyed with the sort of virtuosity that made Ophüls an idol for generations of lens-geek directors… Ophüls’ directing style is closely associated with the 19th-century settings of his most well-known films; transplanted into the then-present, it seems even more radical.
July 09, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Caught

    Part of the noir kingdom, but also a vast, pulsating psychodrama, more Sirk than Chandler, where an everywoman is pushed into a position of sexuality, then, er, caught in a reality (call it mid-century America) where all she can choose is which sort of man will possess and define her. Layered, subversive, and over-the-top enough in its visual design that the melodrama feels natural. All the themes of Ophuls' career.

  • Jaspar Lamar Crabb's rating of the film Caught

    Quite possibly the strangest film to come out of Hollywood in the 1940s. It's outrageous, scary, brilliantly acted (particularly by Robert Ryan). Astounding

  • Ethan's rating of the film Caught

    This film is filled with incredible performances and Max Ophuls was one of the greatest auteurs of all time with his moving camera and long takes that feel so fluid and allow these extraordinary actors to perform, practically making the emotions jump off the screen and completely suck you into the story.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Caught

    D'une constante noirceur en filigrane d'une intrigue sentimentale classique, cette œuvre américaine du fameux metteur en scène franco-allemand, longtemps inédite dans l'hexagone, mérite notre attention surtout pour l'impressionnante composition de Robert Ryan en irascible narcissique perclus de profonds troubles psychologiques et la convaincante présence de la délicate Barbara Bel Geddes...

  • Michael Harbour's rating of the film Caught

    Finely acted and peculiar with occasionally inventive camerawork. Begins in familiar territory and returns to touch base with the familiar from time to time, but becomes increasingly dark and transgressive. The ending would be tragic in most films, here it's played as a happy ending. Imagine a classic Hollywood romance with Wednesday Addams behind the lens.

  • Caillouquiroule's rating of the film Caught

    Un excellent mélodrame porté par une héroïne très intéressante. Les ellipses aident le récit à gagner en efficacité, en cruauté aussi. Le mari est un peu caricatural (une nouvelle fois, la psychanalyse permet de construire un peu trop rapidement le personnage, sans nuances), mais la femme et son patron offrent plusieurs scènes charmantes et déchirantes. Comme toujours, la mise en scène d'Ophuls est excellente.

  • Hikaru's rating of the film Caught

    The camera movements are astounding for sure, but people should give Ophuls more credit for his precise editing and powerful visual compositions. The middle section is slightly unfocused, but the overall sense of elegance and menace is captivating. The creative use of a pinball machine is also memorable.

  • V.S. Luoma-aho's rating of the film Caught

    Beautifully shot and executed, no surprises there. The plot itself is kind of pulpy and stereotypical, and I found the killing of the unborn child as a cathartic plot device a tad tasteless. So nowhere neas as grand as Ophül's later masterpieces, but not bad either.

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