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Robert Rossen (screenplay)
J.R. Salamanca (novel)
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Release Date:
15 January 1965 (Italy) See more »
Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in Maryland, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Warren Beatty ... Vincent Bruce

Jean Seberg ... Lilith Arthur

Peter Fonda ... Stephen Evshevsky

Kim Hunter ... Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham ... Mrs.Yvonne Meaghan

Jessica Walter ... Laura

Gene Hackman ... Norman
James Patterson ... Dr. Lavrier
Robert Reilly ... Bob Clayfield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Arnold ... Lonely Girl's Father (uncredited)

Rene Auberjonois ... Howie (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bader ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)
Ruth Baker ... Patient (uncredited)
Amelie Barleon ... Patient (uncredited)
Carson Barnes ... Child Crossing Street (uncredited)
Jeanne Barr ... Miss Glassman (uncredited)
David Barry ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Joanne Bayes ... Nurse (uncredited)
Peter Bosche ... Patient (uncredited)
Richard Branda ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Thomas Brann ... Therapist (uncredited)
Maurice Brenner ... Mr. Gordon (uncredited)
Katha Cale ... Patient (uncredited)
Bess Carlton ... Patient (uncredited)
Ben Carruthers ... Benito (uncredited)
David Craig ... Patient (uncredited)
Ron Cunningham ... Therapist (uncredited)
Joavan Curran ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Patient (uncredited)
Steve Dawson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jeanne De Florio ... Patient (uncredited)
B.J. De Simone ... Patient (uncredited)
Donn Donnellan ... Therapist (uncredited)

Olympia Dukakis ... Patient (uncredited)
Joy Durden ... Patient (uncredited)
Billie Erlich ... Patient (uncredited)

Edith Fellows ... Patient (uncredited)
Luther Foulk ... Doctor (uncredited)
Cornelius Frizell ... Patient (uncredited)
Kenneth Fuchs ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sylvia Gassel ... Patient (uncredited)
Stuart Goodman ... Patient (uncredited)
Tony Gray ... Patient (uncredited)
Katherine Gregg ... Patient (uncredited)
Bill Hetrick ... Band Director (uncredited)
Richard Higgs ... Mr. Palakis (uncredited)
Jocella Jackson ... Patient (uncredited)

Harvey Jason ... Patient (uncredited)
Louis Jenkins ... Therapist (uncredited)
Jason Jolivette ... Younger Watermelon Boy (uncredited)
Robert Jolivette ... Older Watermelon Boy (uncredited)
Page Jones ... Patient (uncredited)
Patsy Klein ... Nurse (uncredited)
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Patient (uncredited)
Tony Lombardo ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Barbara Lowe ... Nurse (uncredited)
Cynthia MacAdams ... Patient (uncredited)
Marie-Antoinette ... Patient (uncredited)
Jenö Mate ... Assistant to Dr. Lavrier (uncredited)
Robert Miller ... Therapist (uncredited)
Ken Naarden ... Therapist (uncredited)
Frank Nanoia ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)

Harry Northup ... Patient (uncredited)
L. Jerome Offutt ... Tournament Official (uncredited)
G.K. Osborne ... Patient (uncredited)

Dina Paisner ... Psychodrama Moderator (uncredited)
Michael Paras ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gunnar Peters ... Lilith's Chauffeur in Dream (uncredited)
Kathleen Phelan ... Lonely Girl's Mother (uncredited)
Wendell Phillips Jr. ... Patient (uncredited)
Gordon Phillips ... Patient (uncredited)
Tina Pine ... Patient (uncredited)
Rosalie Posner ... Therapist (uncredited)
Bruce Powers ... Therapist (uncredited)
Joe Rankin ... Patient (uncredited)
Cecilia Ray ... Lilith's Mother in Dream (uncredited)
Ceil Ray ... Patient (uncredited)
Eadie Renaud ... Nurse (uncredited)
Virginia Schneider ... Therapist (uncredited)
Pawnee Sills ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Lucy Smith ... Vincent's Grandmother (uncredited)
Mildred Smith ... Patient (uncredited)

Alice Spivak ... Lonely Girl (uncredited)
Morton Taylor ... Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
Wade Taylor ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Tracee Towers ... Therapist (uncredited)
Bud Truland ... Patient (uncredited)

Charles Tyner ... Patient (uncredited)

Gwen Van Dam ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anna Van Der Heide ... Patient (uncredited)
Paul Varro ... Patient (uncredited)
Sonia Zomina ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Alan Aurthur  uncredited
Robert Rossen  screenplay
J.R. Salamanca  novel

Produced by
Robert Rossen .... producer
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan  (as Eugen Shuftan)
Film Editing by
Aram Avakian 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bill Herman .... makeup artist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Frederic Jones .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jim Di Gangi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Dennis .... second assistant director
Larry Sturhahn .... assistant director
Bob Vietro .... assistant director
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound editor
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator (as Joe Coffey)
Tibor Sands .... assistant camera
Bert Siegel .... assistant camera
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe man
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe woman
Editorial Department
Robert Q. Lovett .... associate editor
Barry Malkin .... assistant editor
Lynn Ratener .... assistant editor
Hugh A. Robertson .... associate editor
Music Department
Kenyon Hopkins .... musical director
Other crew
Elinor Bunin .... title designer
Gene Carlough .... puppets
Saul Cooper .... chief publicist
Dorothy Weshner Kanzer .... script supervisor
Eleanor Wolquitt .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

According to Kim Hunter: "The tensions on the set contributed to his (Rossen's) death. I don't think I want to talk about it. Since then, Warren has grown so; at that time, he wasn't ready to be a star. He knew it and was scared! In rehearsal, he'd be great. The closer he got to the camera, the more he'd retreat. He'd cut half his lines, which made Warren interesting and the rest of us talky as hell! He gave Jean no help whatsoever. She was damn good in a demanding role. At the wrap party, a group of people threw Warren into a stream".See more »
Continuity: When Stephen is clinging to the rocks his eyeglasses disappear then reappear.See more »
Stephen Evshevsky:How wonderful I feel when I'm happy. Do you think that insanity could be so simple a thing as unhappiness?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Edge of Sensation (1990)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Nice try but something is wrong, 23 August 2009
Author: howardeisman from United States

The mental institution in this film, called "Poplar Lodge" I believe, is modeled on Chestnut Lodge, a Bethesda, Maryland institution famed for early attempts to establish interpersonal relationships with (rich) psychotic patients. This fits the institutional style depicted in this film. Hopwever, the main characters do not seem to be mentally ill so much as metaphores for the madness es in our society. The perception that sexual expression represents evil or crazy behavior, not changed all that much from the time this film was made, frequent wars, and the way sensitive people are brushed aside as others hustle toward dubious goals, are all personified as forms of madness. Okay so far.

But the film does not quite work. The character played by Anne Meacham, seething with barely suppressed sexuality, works, but Lilith, played as a golden haired all American, girl next door beauty, doing and saying odd things, making up her own language, seeing herself as an outside observer of our society, is a character which doesn't hit home. She seems more quirky than mad. That she drives men into destructive actions seems somehow unlikely. At the most, she may be a catalyst for their weaknesses to be expressed.

Jean Seberg doesn't personify madness. She seems just bemused. Warren Beatty conveys a lack of inner direction, a developing depression, and strange longings by looking blank, seeming inarticulate, and acting as if he has no idea of the direction his next step will take. All of this slows this film down to a very languid pace, frequently accompanied by a relaxed bop-along jazz score. Thus, the film is too slow, a long windup for a soft pitch. It is hard to feel much tension, even though it is clear that there is supposed to be a lot of tension. Nice try, but no cigar.

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