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30 April 1969 (USA) See more »
Poor daddy. Bibi was just shedding her inhibitions. So he threw the gang out. He never should have done it. Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never. See more »
A former actress clashes with her wealthy and spoiled stepdaughter over their inheritance after the death of their protector. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lana Turner ... Adriana Roman

George Chakiris ... Johnny Allen

Richard Egan ... Frederick Lansdale

Dan O'Herlihy ... Charles Winthrop (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Karin Mossberg ... Lisa Winthrop
Pamela Rodgers ... Bibi
Carlos East ... Lalo
Augusto Benedico ... Dr. Lorenz
Víctor Junco ... Delacroix (as Victor Junco)
Norma Herrera ... Stella
Pedro Galván ... University Dean (as Pedro Galvan)
The Finks (as The Finks)
Regina Torné ... Queen Bee (as Regina Torne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Adalid ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Javier Batiz ... (uncredited)
Carolina Cortázar ... (uncredited)
Felipe de Flores ... Reporter (uncredited)

Rogelio Guerra ... Queen Bee's Bodyguard (uncredited)
José Roberto Hill ... Gary (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Capt. Kelly (uncredited)
Roberto Meyer ... Actor in Rehearsal (uncredited)
Alma Muriel ... (uncredited)
Rubén Márquez ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Penelope ... (uncredited)
Carlos Riquelme ... (uncredited)
Joaquín Roche ... Julius - The Butler (uncredited)
Sergio Virel ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Tito Davison 
Writing credits
William Douglas Lansford (screenplay)

Tito Davison (story) and
Edmundo Báez (story) (as Edmundo Baez)

Produced by
Francisco Diez Barroso .... producer
Lindsley Parsons .... producer
Original Music by
Val Johns 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage  (as Carlos Savage Jr.)
Casting by
James Lister 
Art Direction by
Manuel Fontanals 
Costume Design by
Travilla (gowns)
Makeup Department
Ana Guerrero .... makeup artist
Rosa Guerrero .... makeup artist
Esperanza Gómez .... hair stylist (as Esperanza Gomez)
Production Management
Enrique L. Morfín .... production chief (as Enrique Morfin)
Felipe Subervielle .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Winfield Sánchez .... assistant director (as Winfield Sanchez)
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Manuel Topete .... sound recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Consuelo Múgica .... costume coordinator (as Consuelo Mugica)
Music Department
Val Johns .... conductor
Other crew
Jon Cutaia .... assistant to the producer (as Jon A. Cutaia)
Ben Krasnow .... title design: Pacific Title
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"El Terrón de azúcar" - Mexico
"A Escrava da Alucinação" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"A droga que alucina" - Brazil (alternative title)
"Dosierter Mord" - West Germany
"El Terrón de azúcar" - Spain
"Geometria di un delitto" - Italy
"Idiaiteres sheseis" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Sir Küpü" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
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98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)
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Karin Mossberg's dialogue was dubbed by another actress.See more »
Adriana Roman:[First lines] O holy virgin, thou who art in the glory of God, I beg thee to intercede...See more »
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
This Is Not Your Classic Lana Turner!, 29 June 2005
Author: Michael Bragg ( from Foster City, CA

Being a Lana Turner fan, and having seen most of her films, "The Big Cube" had always been amazingly allusive. It's not an easy movie to find, but once I got my hands on it, I was like a little kid at Christmas. I had read reviews on it and seen the disdain for this film over and over again, but I wasn't as horrified by it as most reviewers had me expecting to be. And, strangely enough, that was both a disappointment and a relief.

Lana plays a supposedly great stage actress (though you wouldn't know it based on the horrendous play the film opens with) who retires to marry a wealthy man whose witchy teenage daughter resents Lana's intrusion into their lives. This diva daughter, meanwhile, begins to date a sleazy drug pusher whom neither her father nor Lana approve of. The daughter (played oddly enough with an Eastern European accent of some sort) teams up with her boyfriend to drive poor Lana mad by lacing her medication with LSD.

"The Big Cube" is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. Many of the lines and scenes are laughably bad. Lana's LSD-induced hallucination scenes are beyond campy. And seeing Lana in the same film with bare breasts and naked rear-ends is a little disconcerting. But the film will suck you in and have you hooked - much like LSD itself. And in an oddly appealing way, there is a dash of awkwardness thrown in when you see how seriously Turner takes herself in this film. For a woman who was on the verge of 50, she still acted like a young vixen in her 20's.

This vehicle is one of pure exhibitionism. Truly only for Lana fans or those who like trippy '60s flicks. But I have honestly seen much worse. "Valley of the Dolls" is from the same era and in the same vein, but much more ridiculous and tedium inducing. "The Big Cube", strangely enough, resembles a drugged-out version of Turner's 1959 hit "Imitation of Life". Between Lana's successful stage actress character and the conflict she experiences with her step-daughter, plus the on screen reunion with Dan O'Herlihy (who plays her husband here), the similarities are striking enough for me to imagine that the director of this bizarre film must have been a fan of Lana's older melodramas. Having said that, "The Big Cube" is also about as far away from "Imitation of Life" or "Peyton Place" as one can get.

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