Mirage (1965)

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A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it?



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Major Crawford Gilcuddy
Charles Stewart Calvin
Robert H. Harris ...
Dr. Augustus J. Broden
Mrs. Frances Calvin
House Jameson ...
Bo (as House B. Jameson)
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Lt. Franken
Syl Lamont ...
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Walking down twenty-seven flights of stairs after the power goes out in the New York City office building he is in, David Stillwell emerges outside on the ground level to find that a man he didn't know either jumped or was pushed out a window to his death. That man was Charles Calvin, the head of Unidyne, a humanitarian organization that works toward world peace. David notices other unusual goings-on. What he considers his normal routine that others he knows should recognize, don't. People that he doesn't know seem to know him, such as the beautiful young woman with who he walked down the stairs but who ran off when they got to the bottom. And things that he thought he saw or thought he knew end up not being the case, such as the multiple sub-basement levels he thought were in that office building which don't seem to exist in the clear light of day. When he finally thinks about it, he believes he has some form of amnesia. As an example, he knows that he works as a cost accountant, but... Written by Huggo

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Is The Key In His Mind...Or In Her Arms?


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4 October 1965 (Sweden)  »

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Espejismo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Edward Dmytryk originally wanted to cast Tippi Hedren in the part of Shela, but Hedren was under a personal contract with Alfred Hitchcock who told Dmytryk she was not available. Diane Baker, who had played opposite Hedren in Hitchcock's Marnie (1964), took over the role. See more »


David Stillwell: Josephson, if you heard I was taking a cruise the islands, why did you call?
Josephson: I didn't know what time you'd be leaving and I didn't want you to go without saying aloha, boobie.
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very intense!
25 August 2003 | by (willrams@earthlink.net) – See all my reviews

Directed by Edward Dmytryk, this film shows Gregory Peck suffering from amnesia and he soon learns it's a life and death situation. He tries to recover his memory before those who are trying to kill him succeed. He tries to make sense of it all. I found it exceedingly difficult to stay with it because there seemed to be no ending, but wait!! What a way to go to recover what happened and why! The film takes place in New York, and the acting and music are sure winners! Walter Mathau, Diane Baker, Kevin McCarthy, Walter Abel all show great intensity in feeling and emotion. 7/10

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