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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

An old, dying satanist arranges to transfer his soul into the body of a young concert pianist.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Ben Maddow, Fred Mustard Stewart (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Myles Clarkson
Jacqueline Bisset ... Paula Clarkson
Barbara Parkins ... Roxanne
Bradford Dillman ... Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
William Windom ... Dr. West
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Abby Clarkson
Curd Jürgens ... Duncan Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
Curt Lowens ... Agency Chief
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Conductor
Janee Michelle Janee Michelle ... Agency Chief's Girlfriend
Lilyan Chauvin ... Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh ... Zanc Theun
Alberto Morin ... Bennett
Berry Kroeger ... Raymont
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Storyline

Myles Clarkson, a classical piano player on the rise, befriends Duncan Mowbray Ely, a famous player himself who is at death's door. Unknown to Clarkson, Ely is a Satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano. Written by Humberto Amador

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Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant. The human soul. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Transplant See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 58206 delivered on 11 May 1971. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Duncan Ely: People should be born at the age of 70 and live their life backwards.
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Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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A word on the appearance of the boom mike
12 July 2002 | by 35541mSee all my reviews

At least two people below comment on the frequent appearance of the boom mike in this film. To clarify, that is the fault of the TV company / Video company for screening the film in the wrong aspect ratio. It is not the fault of the filmmakers. If you saw this film in the cinema there would be no boom mike since the top of the frame would be masked off by the lens gate. The TV company is showing you the full frame of the picture which should not be all visible to the audience.


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