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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.

Director:

Noel Black

Writers:

Stephen Geller (novel), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Dennis Pitt
Tuesday Weld ... Sue Ann Stepanek
Beverly Garland ... Mrs. Stepanek
John Randolph ... Morton Azenauer
Dick O'Neill ... Bud Munsch
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Bronson
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Pete
Ken Kercheval ... Harry Jackson
Don Fellows ... Detective
George Ryan's Winslow High-Steppers 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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A shook-up story of the up-tight generation. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

19 July 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

She Let Him Continue See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the film, the owner of the stand throws garbage into the river. The plant at which Tony Perkins works discharges its effluent into the river and pollutes it. In 1968 this was all legal. The disposal of my waste into public property is called "negative externalities." The owner of the stand, and the manager of the factory, don't WANT to pollute public property but they had no incentive to do otherwise until around 1970 when Pres. Nixon created the EPA and signed laws into effect, called a Pigouvian tax, that caused polluters to share the social cost of the pollution. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Pitt: I once did some unlicensed tree surgery. I foolishly performed an abortion on a peach tree.
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The Thunderer
Music by John Philip Sousa
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Small, funny and decidedly evil
2 June 2003 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

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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