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Pretty Poison (1968)

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:
... Dennis Pitt
... Sue Ann Stepanek
... Mrs. Stepanek
... Morton Azenauer
... Bud Munsch
... Mrs. Bronson
Joseph Bova ... Pete
... Harry Jackson
... Detective
George Ryan's Winslow High-Steppers ... Drillmaster & Team
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Dennis Pitt, now in young adulthood, has been conditionally released from a psychiatric hospital, where he had been institutionalized for an incident that occurred when he was fifteen. Despite the doctors believing he to be rehabilitated in not suffering from the fantasies which dominated his life, Dennis is still required to check in with his case officer, Morton Azenauer, once a week. Azenauer will do whatever he can to help Dennis survive in the outside world. A year following his release, Dennis violates the conditions of his release by moving without telling Azenauer, thus missing his weekly check-ins. He moves to Winslow, Massachusetts where he has gotten a job at Sausenfeld Chemical Co., his boss, Bud Munsch, the company, and his acquaintances in town not aware of his history. In not being truly rehabilitated, Dennis believes the company is part of an alien conspiracy to poison the water supply, including openly discharging chemical waste into the local lake next to the plant. ... Written by Huggo

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19 July 1968 (West Germany)  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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The movie that Dennis and Sue Ann go to see in their local theater is Roger Corman's "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre", released by Twentieth Century Fox a year before this film was released. The same scene that is glimpsed here also turns up as stock footage in a later film, "Capone" (1974), which Corman produced. 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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Referenced in The A-Team: Pure-Dee Poison (1984) See more »

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Music by John Philip Sousa
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T. Weld is a LIT FLAME!
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The sleeper of 1968, this little-scene film is frightening with Tuesday Weld giving her best performance as a self-centered tinderbox of passion and greed. Anthony Perkins is his usual affable set of nervous tics and equally as good. What happened to this director? What happened to this film? The script has you guessing from beginning to end and it's a great payoff eventually.

A definite 9 out of 10 (the music is strictly bad tv score) in a great location in New England that hopefully will come out on DVD eventually. If you've never appreciated Ms. Weld before, this is the one you should try to track down. Strange story, wonderful cinematography, and sensitive lead performances make this one special.


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