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The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)

Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Suzanne Finstad (book), Warren G. Harris (book) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justine Waddell ... Natalie Wood
Michael Weatherly ... Robert Wagner
Matthew Settle ... Warren Beatty
Colin Friels ... Nick Gurdin
Elizabeth Rice ... Teenage Natalie Wood
Grace Fulton ... Young Natalie Wood
Robert Taylor ... Nicholas Ray
Alice Krige ... Maria Gurdin
Malcolm Kennard ... Christopher Walken
Christopher Pate Christopher Pate ... Elia Kazan
John Noble ... Irving Pichel, Director
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe ... Jack Warner
Steven Vidler ... Richard Gregson
Sophie Monk ... Marilyn Monroe
Nathalie Roy Nathalie Roy ... Lana Wood
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Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to serious actress, dating the top names in Hollywood, her life and marriage to her husband, Robert Wagner, and her biggest fear that ended up being the cause of her death. Written by mariangel_2000

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From child star to Hollywood legend.


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Official Sites:

ABC

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looking for Natalie Wood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bogdanovich was initially reluctant to produce a biopic, because he was unsatisfied about being the subject of a biopic himself, in Star 80. He explained: "I didn't know if I wanted to do it, because I knew the people a little bit. I'd met Natalie a few times, nodded at her at parties, and same thing with Robert Wagner. I also knew I didn't like being portrayed in the films about Dorothy Stratten. But then I decided: Somebody's gonna do this, and I thought I'd be more sensitive because of my experiences. Besides, by then I had fallen in love with Natalie and her work ... her performances are brilliant, really brilliant. I realized she was really underrated as an actress -- and that, up until then, I had been one of the people who underrated her." See more »

Goofs

"Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard can be heard playing at Natalie's 15th birthday party. However, this is set in 1953 and the song was only recorded on September 14, 1955 at the J & M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Wood: I don't really have a clear perception of myself, ya know. I mean I've always been Betty Davis' daughter or Maureen O'Hara's daughter or Jimmy Stewart's daughter or something like that, but I've been sorta discombobulated Morris. I mean I don't really know how to be... other than acting. I don't really know how I want my house to be or what pleases me or what kind an atmosphere. I sorta have to figure all that out.
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Performed by Scottie Haskell
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One Of The Better Bi-ops.
2 March 2004 | by KeetooSee all my reviews

This was a very believable and very well done biographical movie. Reading that Mr. Bogdanovich, the movie's director, personally knew many of the real-life characters I assume the actors chosen for "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" must have been hand picked. Each portrayal was like watching and hearing the real person, I've never come across that before. To me this is what brought the story powerfully to life. Using the technique of having a family member or friend tell part of the story of the life of the celebrity, that the cable show "Biography" uses, was a very nice touch indeed. I grew up with the image of Miss Wood everywhere in my life...movies, TV, magazines, talk shows, and always loved how she carried herself. How she looked. I was 12 years younger...but as a teenager I so wanted to look like her. And now I see how truly strong she was in a life that must have been so much hell at times.


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