why she stayed with him

When this film was made, rape victims suffered much more than just the physical damage. (not that they don't now.)
They were humiliated socially and by the legal system.
Not subtly, we see her despair of now being seen as 'damaged goods'. She feels she is ruined and nothing she dreamed of before the rape is now possible.
No one will want her.
I believe the moment is clear.
She collapses and cries as she realizes that he really does need her, loves her, accepts her and that nothing she has been through is her fault or will change the way he feels.
He is her last chance, too.


Great Summary!

Triple Irons-"I could have easily have beaten you, if I had three swords"


I was thinking something more along the lines of Stockholm Syndrome - she was forced into the relationship. Not only was she a rape victim, but also a kidnapping victim.


Mike is also lost and reject by society, why was he on the bridge? She realizes this, just before she goes back to him. I believe he was on that bridge for the same reason that she was.
Mike provides a safe place, is he holding her against her will or saving her from herself?


I would've definately had a problem if they established their relationship while she was still being imprisoned by him, which would've definately spelled "Stockholm" to me instead of any real genuine feeling.
However, there are several good points that keep this film from being an absolute mess to me:

-He lets her go.
-She immediately runs out of there. If she were a "Stockholm" victim, I'd see her as being compelled to stay rather than going with her first instincts.
-Her renewed happiness. It's natural that she would be relieved, but she seems "cured" of all her trauma and I was wondering why this was so...
-Thinking about it now, I think seeing someone else who is suffering and doesn't know how to deal with their lives in a healthy way makes her feel that she is not alone (it also helps that he freed her from imprisonment).
-I could sympathise with her curiousity: I can see myself going back to check on him as well, confident that he won't try to lock me up again.

Going back to the old adage, if you love someone, set them free..." Maryanne, being on the outside again, had a chance to refamiliarize with her surroundings appreciate them and her life.

Even if his techniques were odd, unhealthy, and frightening, Maryanne seemed grateful to Mike for snapping her out of her stupour. Also, I think Mike can be forgiven since he seemed just as messed up as Maryanne was and needed time to figure out what was ultimately the right thing to do.


Immediately after the movie ended on TCM last week a favorite Pink Floyd song of mine, Wish You Were Here, was playing on a local radio station.
It struck me as such an appropriate song...

Following are some of the lyrics -

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

I really think this sums it up in many respects.
Two lost souls found each other, however strange -
stranger things have been known to happen...

They both rescued each other.

What a raw and rare gem of a movie, thanks TCM...



Why didn't she scream through the bars of the windows?


Or hit him over the head with something while he was asleep? Or break through the door while he was gone all day?


I do remember distinctly that at on point she kicked him with a high heel and put his eye out. I was surprised then that he wanted her to stay. It is clear that if his intentions were malicious that he would have attacked her but as a gentleman he did not. It seems to me that if he was trying to help her that he would have given up and let her go. Of course, today to keep her like that would be totally unacceptable. I saw it on tv when I was about 14 so I don't remember much else about it.


I thoroughly enjoyed this movie until the end. I really struggled to understand her "rehabilitation" after she had been finally let go. But further, the idea that she we return to this guy that had an alcohol problem and would have raped her had she not fought him off (kicked his eye out) was just too big of a disconnect for me. I kept thinking of the movie "The Collector" while watching this and IMO Ralph Meeker's character was every bit as sick as Terence Stamp's. Interestingly Wyler directed that as well.



That is a very good analysis.

I don't think he tried to rape her. He was so drunk; he wanted to hold her and make love to her and too drunk to realize it was inappropriate.

However, he definitely had an alcohol problem that could resurface during any hard times they may have. Not a good idea to marry an alcoholic. Maybe it will be a relationship that will be good for a while but not for the long haul.

I had the chance to work with Michael Jackson who was as brilliant as they come.
Tommy Mottola