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Pretty Poison (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 18 September 1968 (USA)
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 by)
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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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Storyline

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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She's such a sweet girl. He's such a nice boy. They'll scare the hell out of you. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

18 September 1968 (USA) 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

The movie that Dennis and Sue Ann go to see in their local theater is Roger Corman's The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), 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 (1975), which Corman produced. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Pitt: [upon being released on parole from a mental institution] I must tell you, Mr. Azenaur, a lumber yard does seem like a slight waste of my talents.
Morton Azenauer: Is that so?
Dennis Pitt: Yes, sir. I've been taking a secret course in interplanetary navigation. I had hoped to be appointed to the first Venus rocket.
Morton Azenauer: [not amused] Cut that out, Dennis!
Dennis Pitt: I was kidding, sir.
Morton Azenauer: These fantasies of yours can be dangerous. Now, you lay off that stuff!
Dennis Pitt: Yes, sir. Well, I better not miss my bus to the lumber yard. You'll be hearing from me.
Morton Azenauer:
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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The Thunderer
Music by John Philip Sousa
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Brilliant film.
21 August 2005 | by stoozeSee all my reviews

This film is one of my all time favorite films. I've never really understood why Noel Black wasn't given the green light for almost anything he wanted to do after this. I suppose this film must have been ahead of it's time. It's well structured, and the performances are great. Weld is captivating. Perkins plays the whole thing perfectly. The film also has a real sense of place about it. This isn't just any old town in America, it's a very specific town. The relationship between these two characters is perfectly drawn. I was very impressed by the interplay of naive and knowing. What a great ending. Why Noel Black wasn't given more support is a mystery to me.


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