A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside. Written by
When the lights go out, they come alive!
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Did You Know?
The movie was originally supposed to be filmed at Macy's Department Store in New York City. Rehearsals were held there and footage of star Anthony Perkins
was shot outside of Macy's on September 25, 1966 (available as an extra on the Entertainment One DVD release), but ultimately permission to film in the store was denied. Production then moved to the (now defunct) Stern Brothers department store in Manhattan. See more
The dialogue suggests that the film is set in 1940, when the short story upon which the movie is based was written. However, portions were filmed in a real store during off-hours, so there are countless things from the '60s featured throughout, including vehicles, clothing, hi-fi record players and other electronics, and the prominently featured book "Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum," which was first published in 1965. See more
What goes on here?
Life, my boy. And death, of course. You can't have one without the other.
Referenced in The Nutcracker
If You Can Find Me I'm Here
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Anthony Perkins See more