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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.Read more ›
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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This was one of the finest films by maverick, and at times black-balled, director Edward Dmytryk. Star Gregory Peck had earlier appeared in Hitchcock's "Spellbound" and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. G. Lewis
Good movie! Classic Gregory Peck. It's a film well suited to black and white.Published 6 months ago by The Skeptic
suspence, murder, secrets, and lost identity make for an interesting situation. What would you do if you had amnesia?Published 6 months ago by Jackie Pike
This is a REALLY good movie for people who like "thinking" movies. It does not hurt to be a Cold War buff, either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WalterRohrl
A first class psychological mystery thriller. Filmed in NYC. First class actors from a day gone by. A plot that keeps you guessing til the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Captain Kirk
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