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Adapted by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., from Stephen Geller's twisted love story "She Let Him Continue," opens with Perkins' Dennis Pitt being released from a psychiatric institution or prison for committing arson. The probation officer warns: "You're going into a real, tough world. It's no place for fantasies." First thing Dennis sees when he settles in a small town is seductive, pouty Sue Ann Stepanek (Weld), a girl with serious attitude problems, in her majorette outfit. Uh oh.
This deliciously demented black comedy focuses on what happens when two pathologies collide. It's a forerunner to movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and Blue Velvet.
Perkins and Weld have great chemistry as the two dodgy lovebirds. She merrily lets him pretend he's a CIA agent but deviously manipulates his fantasies to her own ends.
Beverly Garland is Weld's sexually charged, domineering mom. But it's Perkins and Weld at their best that make this rare gem from the 60s worth finding. I liked director Noel Black's forthright commentary on the Region 2 version (Amazon UK). Wonder why it's missing on the US version?
Rated: R (Originally X in the UK). Genre: Crime Thriller/Romance. 1 Hour, 29 Minutes. Starring: Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Beverly Garland. Director: Noel Black
Tuesday Weld smokes in this, playing a young girl whose initial, apparent innocence proves too much for Anthony Perkins who is perfect as a troubled young man who is caught in his own fantasy-world.
I'm so happy this has finally been released! I've enjoyed it in late-night airings for years on television.
Now if only "The Shuttered Room" will get released, I can die a happy man!
Dennis Pitt, an emotionally disturbed arsonist prone to fantasizing, is released from a mental institution and ventures out into the real world where he tries to impress Sue Ann, a high-school blonde with the face of a baby doll, by pretending to be a spy for the CIA. At the time of Pitt's release from the asylum, his doctor admonished him to stop fantasizing because there is no place for it in the real world. It turns out, though, that the real world contains even crazier and more dangerous psychopaths than do the insane asylums. "Pretty Poison" has a fascinating premise and it should have been a far better movie. The trouble is the direction is flat and uninspired. The movie is slow-paced and fails to build any significant suspense or thrills, which is out of joint with its subject matter. On the other hand, Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld turn in well-honed performances as psychopaths, and, oddly enough, of the two, Weld comes off as the scarier.
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Fun to see a movie I saw in the mid west decades ago during a raging thunderstorm. Good showPublished 4 months ago by Stephen Hales
A near cult favorite, this film extends the "Double Indemnity," "Body Heat" femme fatale plot to fairly chilling proportions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by our ilk
Like Pulp Fiction from the late 1960's. A precursor to Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction.Published 11 months ago by Neil Mclaughlin
Tuesday Weld and Tony Perkins together. Both at a young age in their careers. A good story and a collectible for Tony's features as well as Tuesday Weld's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Dakota
"Pretty poison" was remade in 1996. It wasn't all that bad, and if it had been the only version that existed it would have been an enjoyable little film with a clever plot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by tomsview
Tuesday Weld is genius as Sue Ann Stepaneck of 14 Fresh Air Lane, Winslow MA. Brilliant, unpretentious gem that won the NY Film Critics' Award for Best Screenplay, with Weld as... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ryan X. Rubio
Pretty Poison is an unforgettable thriller. Luckily I got to see this in the theatre. At first you are completely fooled , but then the plot gets going and wow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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