Pretty Poison (1968)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  19 July 1968 (West Germany)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Morton Azenauer
Bud Munsch
Clarice Blackburn ...
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Joseph Bova ...
Harry Jackson
Don Fellows ...
George Ryan's Winslow High-Steppers


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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Release Date:

19 July 1968 (West Germany)  »

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She Let Him Continue  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Anthony Perkins' was so convincing in his role as the mentally disturbed Dennis Pitt as he had been in as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) that it typecast him for the rest of his career. See more »


Sue Ann Stepanek: You are some character, Dennis. I'm surprised the C.I.A. lets you out without a keeper.
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Referenced in Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »


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Music by John Philip Sousa
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A fine, fine movie.
22 January 2004 | by (Medellín, Colombia) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching Pretty Poison, and it is a great movie worthy of recognition. I don't know why or how this movie has been somewhat obscured, I guess it wasn't so popular back in those days and it ruined it for other generations.

I'm glad I found this on the movie channel, great performances by Anthony Perkins, really impressive and not exaggerated, which is what a lot of times makes people see as good acting, but this is not the case here, a deep performance is what Mr. Perkins gives us, really laid back and neutral, Kind of the characters he played through his career (Josef K on Welles adaptation of Kafka's "The Process", and his Classic Norman Bates on Psycho) and a great Tuesday Weld as the strange and evolving character Sue Ann Stepanek.

It is so sad that movies like this get lost. A great Screenplay (Best Screenplay Award given by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards) and great acting should make a successful movie, I don't know what happened here.


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