20 user 8 critic

The Manipulator (1971)

An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.



(idea) (as John Durren), (screenplay)

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.

Directors: David Paulsen, John Mason Kirby
Stars: Christopher Allport, Jim Doerr, David Gale
Effects (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

Director: Dusty Nelson
Stars: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison
Find the Lady (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Three kidnapping plots simultaneously target the same young woman.

Director: John Trent
Stars: Lawrence Dane, John Candy, Ed McNamara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Director: Jim West
Stars: Don Watson, Bobby Watson, Paul Benefield
Fleisch (TV Movie 1979)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A honeymooning couple stay at a hotel in New Mexico. It all seems normal until an ambulance pulls up and takes the husband away. The wife, with the help of a truck driver, finds the awful secret to the hotel and the ambulance service.

Director: Rainer Erler
Stars: Jutta Speidel, Wolf Roth, Herbert Herrmann
Pulp (1972)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander
TNT Jackson (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago
Stars: Jeannie Bell, Stan Shaw, Pat Anderson
The Lazarus Syndrome (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An adulterous newspaper reporter, who has just experienced a heart attack, pesters a black doctor into investigating the questionable medical practices taking place at the hospital where both are residing.

Director: Jerry Thorpe
Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Ronald Hunter, E.G. Marshall
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The theft of jewels and mistaken identity complicate the life of Mary in this crime thriller.

Director: Osvaldo Civirani
Stars: Carroll Baker, George Hilton, Stephen Boyd
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon.

Director: Amando de Ossorio
Stars: Maria Perschy, Jack Taylor, Bárbara Rey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: William Grefe
Stars: Tony Adams, Socrates Ballis, Billy Barty


Complete credited cast:
B.J. Lang
Old Charlie


An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B.J. Presents  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Charlie dies with his hands to his sides and this is how he's always shown, except in one shot where his fingers are interlocked across his chest. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the closing credits Mickey Rooney is shown in fast forward acting around on stage. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mickey Rooney
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I Was Manipulated!!!

Cinematic travesty is right! This film is rancid and putrid and boring and so God awful! Mickey Rooney plays some mental case that thinks he is making movies back in 1947 in an old props room where he instructs his "actress" Luana Anders in Cyrano De Bergerac. All 90 minutes basically takes place in this "loft" that really looks like nothing more than the backstage of a small theater. Watching this film was excrutiating torture as we get to see Mickey Rooney give the worst performance of his career, as well as Luana Anders! Rooney is barking out orders to stagehands that aren't there one moment, then he is dancing around and singing "Pardon Me Boys, Is That the Chattanooga Choochoo." He is painful to watch as in one scene he wears make-up and looks like a cheap hooker on the Vegas Strip(based on his looks...one real CHEAP hooker to boot!). Most of the time he looks like some maniacal gnome. Some of the scenes even have speeded scenes so we can see him dance about in fast motion no less. Anders is just as bad(at least looks good) as we never really can tell what her motivation is or what she really feels. This is just one real reel bad film. Director Yabo Yablinsky deserves most of the blame as he forfeits plot structure, characterization, pacing, motivation, and all those things that are a part of a good film for nonsense, halluciatory dream sequences that mean absolutely nothing, and odd, repetitive camera angles. Whew! What a stinker! Yabo is one yahoo!!!

14 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Manipulator (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: