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When a mentally disturbed young man tells a pretty girl that he's a secret agent, she believes him, and murder and mayhem ensue.

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A formerly institutionalized young man (Anthony Perkins) meets up with a cute, sexy high school cheerleader (Tuesday Weld) and pretends to be a CIA agent to get her interested in him while she responds to his fantasy all too willingly. This, combined with her adult craving for sensual excitement, adds up to a potentially explosive pairing indeed. And explode it does. Written by filmfactsman

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19 July 1968 (West Germany)  »

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She Let Him Continue  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Tuesday Weld hated working with director Noel Black and told film critic Rex Reed that she thought she gave her "worst performance" in the film. See more »

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Dennis Pitt: I'll tell you frankly, Sue Ann, this man does not visit your mother for any subversive reasons.
Sue Ann Stepanek: Well, how do you know until you check him out?
Dennis Pitt: Okay, we'll get his picture. It has to be a profile, though.
Sue Ann Stepanek: A profile? Why?
Dennis Pitt: Because of the ears. They never change. Many a man has been unmasked because of the ears, even after extensive plastic surgery.
Sue Ann Stepanek: Well, I didn't know that.
Dennis Pitt: Luckily for us, not many people do.
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Unnerving crime drama with psychological overtones
15 July 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Eight years after "Psycho", Anthony Perkins, who seemed to quickly lose his way in ill-suited romantic dramas of the mid-'60s, finally gets a role here well-tailored to his wild-eyed personality, that of an introvert with simmering disorders forced by circumstance into playing "normal". A former teen arsonist in Massachusettes is released from the institution as a young man and is given a job at the lumber mill; he's perpetually wrapped up in CIA fantasies and conspiracy theories, and is thrilled when he meets up with a 17-year-old beauty from the local high school who is happy to play along with his games. Adapted from Stephen Geller's book "She Let Him Continue", this is a peculiar, well-made and written cult movie which works itself under your skin. Perkins lets himself relax a bit on-camera and gives one of his most notable performances, and Tuesday Weld (despite being a few years too old for her role) rarely strikes a false note as his new girlfriend with a somewhat sordid past herself (one that mirrors her mother's, whom she hates). The concluding events aren't really satisfying (with echoes of "Psycho" besides), and the circular plot-device posed at the tag doesn't work at all, but the performances really drive this thing, making it an engrossing and memorable sleeper. **1/2 from ****


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