One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »
In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.
Walking down twenty-seven flights of stairs after the power goes out in the New York City office building he is in, David Stillwell emerges outside on the ground level to find that a man he didn't know either jumped or was pushed out a window to his death. That man was Charles Calvin, the head of Unidyne, a humanitarian organization that works toward world peace. David notices other unusual goings-on. What he considers his normal routine that others he knows should recognize, don't. People that he doesn't know seem to know him, such as the beautiful young woman with who he walked down the stairs but who ran off when they got to the bottom. And things that he thought he saw or thought he knew end up not being the case, such as the multiple sub-basement levels he thought were in that office building which don't seem to exist in the clear light of day. When he finally thinks about it, he believes he has some form of amnesia. As an example, he knows that he works as a cost accountant, but... Written by
Leslie Caron wrote in her book "Thank Heaven" that Universal offered her the film with Gregory Peck. But her then boyfriend, Warren Beatty, who was controlling her life, made her refuse it. Later she regretted declining the part, as she would have loved to make a film with Mr. Peck, with whom she became friends later on. See more »
Gripping thriller from start to finish, deserving top marks all around. A man has lost his memory and the story progressively unravels the truth as to who he is and what happened. Well done to Cinemax for providing this wonderful drama as quite simply most of the movies on many of the cable channels are barely worthy of a few minutes before switching off.But not this one; there is a star-studded cast of excellent professional actors and as I missed the opening credits I assumed (until I learnt from here) that this was not a Hitchcock picture, though very much in his style.The ambience, script, camera work and direction are all first rate and why cannot current film makers learn from Mirage how to make a decent drama!? What I especially like is that there are no unnecessary sub-plots, simply a full throttle dramatic play, concentrating on one compelling story line. 10 out of 10.
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