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Gregory Peck, Diane Baker and Walter Matthau star in Mirage, a psychological thriller where danger, deception and even murder lurk around every corner. Bewildered accountant David Stillwell (Peck) believes he must be suffering from some form of amnesia and enlists the help of a private detective (Matthau) to help determine his identity. Linked to the death of a wealthy philanthropist, experiencing flashbacks of a disturbing past and perplexed by the woman (Baker) in his life, Stillwell struggles to make sense of his perilous situation. Filmed on location in alluring New York City, Mirage is an edge-of-your-seat suspense film that remains one of the genre’s most timeless classics.

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston, Diane Baker
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1K05W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mirage" on IMDb

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Interplanetary Funksmanship on August 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Gregory Peck stars as David Stillwell, a man with a secret. The problem is: He doesn't know he has a secret, because he is suffering from amnesia. Thus begins this psychological thriller in the Hitchcock tradition, set in New York City in the mid 1960s.
Peck, feeling that he's lost his grip on reality, and needing to actualize his existence, starts down the path of reconstructing his life. Because he has amnesia, he can't remember having any friends. He visits a psychiatrist (played with passion and intelligence by Robert Harris) and hires an easy-going private eye (Walter Matthau) to investigate who he really is, and find out his identity. Early on, he runs into old flame, Sheila, played by the beautiful and underrated Diane Baker (fresh off of Hitchcock's dark "Marnie"). She turns out to be even more of a cipher than Peck, refusing clues to his queries about his identity. "I want to remember who I am!" Peck rages at Baker. Her tortured reply singularly sums up his bizarre and paradoxical world: "Not remembering is the only thing keeping you alive!"
So, as you can see, this is a neat twist on the amnesia flick, and I'm going to stop here, because I don't want to give any more of the plot of "Mirage" away. The intelligent script by Peter Stone (Charade) moves alternately fast-and-furious/ slow-and-langorous. "Mirage" is chock full of great performances: George Kennedy and Jack Weston give two of the best portrayals of sociopathic, ruthless hired killers ever; Leif Erickson stars as "The Major," an equally ruthless industrialist bent on prying the secret loose from Peck's clouded mind; Kevin McCarthy is glib and smarmy as the sycophantic Josephson and Walter Abel is suave and conflicted as Peck's mentor, Charles Calvin.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By J. Merritt on January 22, 2011
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"Mirage" is an absorbing and complex thriller about an amnesiac who is trying to piece together the past before he ends up dead. This is an overly familiar plot device now, but in 1965 it was all the rage (James Garner starred in a less sinister film called "Mr. Buddwing" the same year based on a very similar idea). Gregory Peck does a good job of looking suitably concerned and befuddled, and Walter Matthau provides needed comic relief. Black and white might've been a mistake; films built around crazy mysteries like this one just seem to cry out for color ("Charade," "Arabesque"). A more interesting leading lady might've helped, as well, because Diane Baker isn't gonna make anyone forget Audrey Hepburn. Nonetheless, this is a fun and somewhat forgotten film that will definitely hold your interest while it's on, and the DVD print is excellent.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Melissa S H on November 11, 2001
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The 1965 film Mirage is a very good suspense mystery. It was filmed in location in New York City. In an era when movies were more commonly being filmed in color, this film was in black and white. It evokes the gritty cynical film noir of the fifties (bringing that refinement that is Gregory Peck). Peck plays an amnesiac who finds himself in New York City. He is trying to find out who he is while at the same time he is becoming increasingly aware that his life is in danger. Among the many aspects that make this film interesting and entertaining is the cast, which includes Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Lief Erickson, and George Kennedy. Filming on location in New York City gives it a realism which adds to the suspense. This film should be more accesible for rent and sale. It may have been more in tune with the suspense thrillers of the fifties but looking back from our time it is a timeless example of the "innocent man" being pursued because he knows more than he realizes. All the actors do a great job with thier parts.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2003
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This suspenseful, black and white film, redolent of Hitchcock, centers around David Stillwell (Gregory Peck), a man who seems to be suffering from amnesia and remembers very little about himself. He consults with a psychiatrist but finds little help there, as the psychiatrist accuses David of being in trouble with the law and trying to set up some sort of fake psychiatric defense, something which the psychiatrist wants no part of.
David then hires Private Detective Ted Casselle, engagingly played by Walter Matthau, to discover just who he really is. When David learns that he is being followed by two hard bitten thugs, with the unlikely names of Lester and Willard, menacingly played by Jack Weston and George Kennedy, events in the film start to really heat up.
As David begins to get flashbacks of a disturbing past that is trying to reinstate itself in his present, David finds himself getting more and more enmeshed into a life and death struggle of some sort. A woman named Sheila, played by the fresh faced Diane Baker, interjects herself into his life with warnings of danger that even the least paranoid person would be wise to heed. It is almost as if a cat and mouse game were being played.
As David begins to remember more about his past and the places, people, and events that were to bring him to his present state, David discovers that danger and deception is closer to home than he thought. This is an intriguing and taut film of psychological suspense that those who enjoy the films of Alfred Hitchcock will like.
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