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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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She's such a sweet girl. He's such a nice boy. They'll scare the hell out of you. See more »


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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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'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 »

Quotes

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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Small, funny and decidedly evil

Legendary critic Pauline Kael staunchly championed "Pretty Poison" which she clearly loved but her accolades did little in preventing this small, funny but decidedly evil movie from vanishing into obscurity.

The pairing of Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins was inspired. Being actors who Hollywood never quite understood how to use, they are perfectly cast as social renegades. Both are in their prime; young, attractive, funny and fiercely intelligent. They are a joy to watch. Four years later they would be brought together for the wonderful "Play It As It Lays", but by then both tapped into a world weary disillusionment far from the playfulness of "Pretty Poison". They were an odd team, playing off each other to dazzling effect.

How those two movies have been relegated to almost total obscurity remains a sad testament to the industry. Should the rare opportunity to watch "Pretty Poison" arises, don't miss it.


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