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387 Ratings

The Letter

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1940
Drama, Crime, Film noir


The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense. Her poise, graciousness and stoicism impress nearly everyone who meets her. Her husband is certainly without doubt; so is the district officer; while her lawyer’s doubts may be a natural skepticism.

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The Letter Directed by William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 7 nominations including: Best Picture

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1940 | 2nd place: Best Director

1940 | 3rd place: Best Actor

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