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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!
Anthony Perkins plays Dennis Pitt who leaves the mental institution where he has been confined for some time. Dennis has had problems caused by an overactive imagination and trouble separating fact from fantasy.
He moves to a small town where a job has been arranged for him at a chemical plant. When he becomes infatuated with a seventeen year-old high school student, Sue Ann Stepanek (Tuesday Weld), he involves her in a plan to sabotage the plant because it is polluting the waterways. However events overwhelm him, and Sue Ann shows that she is a strong and ruthless character with none of Dennis' illusions about life. In fact, she has a scheme of her own and matricide in mind.
The end of the movie sees Dennis back in jail where he is visited by Mr Azenauer his parole officer, who realises he is not guilty. He asks Dennis why he does not protest his innocence. Dennis replies with a classic line: "I've learned that people only pay attention to what they discover for themselves". "Pretty Poison" is full of offbeat wisdom such as this.
At first glance, Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld's roles seem to be the stereotypes from which both actors were trying to free themselves. In Perkins case it was from the neurotic, arrested personality he had made his own in "Psycho".Read more ›
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As bizarre and shocking as I remember. Really good performances and a clever script too. What did happen to the gorgeous Tuesday Weld?Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun to see a movie I saw in the mid west decades ago during a raging thunderstorm. Good showPublished 10 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 12 months ago by our ilk
Like Pulp Fiction from the late 1960's. A precursor to Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction.Published 17 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 20 months ago by William Dakota
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 on June 17, 2014 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 on February 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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