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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 »

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Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Suzanne Finstad (book), Warren G. Harris (book) | 1 more credit »
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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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Storyline

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:

10 February 2004 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Misteriosa Morte de Natalie Wood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Wood was only five feet tall. Justine Waddell is five-foot ten, making her nearly a foot taller than Wood. 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 did not come out until 1956, three years later. 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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Good Movie. But what was the mystery?
2 March 2004 | by marbleannSee all my reviews

The actress who played Natalie Wood is a twin. There were parts in the movie where I wasn't sure if they were using footage of the real Natalie Wood. Case in point when she was playing Maria in West Side Story. The camera was showing her singing and I thought it was really Natalie Wood. Not only does she was very good in the part. Many a time they find a actor who looks like the person they are portraying but they can't act. This actress even had her walk down pat. I liked the movie it was no worse then some biops. Her mother was a nutcase. I would of liked to see more of her older sister Olga who I hear is still alive and who she was very close to. The actor who played Warren Beatty was very good, BUT I was not crazy about Michael Weatherly's portrayal of Wagner. I remember Wagner being very cute, thin and boyish even when he was in his 30's. Weatherly looked more like someone from Baywatch. I like Weatherly I watched him since he was on Loving. But not in this role. Also I would love to see what RJ has to say about this movie because he was not seen in a good light IMHO. God I remember when she died. I have been a fan of hers since I saw her in Miracle or 34th St. I felt on screen she really was able to transpire herself from a child actor to a adult very smoothly, like Elizabeth Taylor. Splendor in the Grass and WSS are my two of my favorite movies. I like the way the movie didn't try to smooth out the details of what might of happened the night she died. Try and clean it up. Natalie Wood was a drinker and RJ was a jerk who anyone probably would of tried to get away from. I myself of would of swam to shore in a hale storm to get away for RJ if he truly acted the way the movie showed. I remember hearing about her having a affair with Walken. But why would Walken go on a boating trip with them if it was true and knowing how much a jerk RJ was. And why would RJ have him on his boat. I always thought that was strange, the movie really didn't clear that up. But over all I like the reality footage mixed up with the movie footage. I enjoyed it enough to keep me watching for 3 hours.


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