Mirage

Mirage

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Cast: Edward Dmytryk, Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau

     
 
A dazed man, David Stillwell (Gregory Peck), wanders down the stairs of a New York skyscraper during a power blackout, only vaguely aware of who he is, where he's been, and why he has this nagging feeling that danger lurks all about him. Stillwell does know that many of the people in the building are acquainted with him -- and that he is somehow linked with the death

Overview

A dazed man, David Stillwell (Gregory Peck), wanders down the stairs of a New York skyscraper during a power blackout, only vaguely aware of who he is, where he's been, and why he has this nagging feeling that danger lurks all about him. Stillwell does know that many of the people in the building are acquainted with him -- and that he is somehow linked with the death of wealthy philanthropist Charles Calvin (Walter Abel), who has fallen 27 floors to his death (a special effect that was remarkable for its time). From this point onward, everyone Stillwell meets is connected with Calvin's death, or is in some way threatening Stillwell's well-being. When he seeks the help of Dr. Pepper-imbibing private eye Ted Caselle (Walter Matthau), he is told that "you don't want to remember" -- shortly before Caselle is murdered by persons unknown. Only the enigmatic Sheila (Diane Baker) evinces any real sympathy, and she too is part of the conspiracy aimed at silencing and/or neutralizing the dumbfounded Stillwell. Mirage has far too many twists of plot to go into here, but if you stay with it, everything is satisfactorily explained. Less than three years after its initial release, the black-and-white Mirage was remade in color as Jigsaw.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A neat little mystery thriller, Mirage suffers a bit in comparison with Spellbound, the Hitchcock classic that also starred Gregory Peck as an amnesiac who may have murdered a man. The missing ingredient here is Hitchcock; while director Edward Dmytryk does a more than serviceable job throughout and even has moments that are really quite good, Mirage needs the extra-assured touch of the master to rise from the level of "good" to "exceptional." This is especially true in terms of keeping the complexities and twists and turns of Peter Stone's taut screenplay understandable to the audience; even the most careful viewing tends to leave one believing that a few plot points were left unexplained. Even so, there's more than enough here to entertain the audience, starting with Peck, who is in great form here -- commanding attention and sympathy and keeping the viewer rooting for him throughout. Diane Baker does a great deal with a part that is a bit slapdash in writing and conception, and Walter Matthau steals each of his scenes with the laid-back ease of his performance. Mirage is a gripping diversion, a fine way for puzzle lovers to sharpen their wits.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
UPC:
0025192084676
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
27,451

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck David Stillwell
Diane Baker Sheila
Walter Matthau Ted Caselle
Kevin McCarthy Josephson
Jack Weston Lester
Leif Erickson Maj. Crawford
Walter Abel Charles Calvin
George Kennedy Willard
Anne Seymour Frances Calvin
House Jameson Bo
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Lt. Franken
Syl Lamont Benny
Eileen Baral Irene
Neil Fitzgerald Joe Turtle
Franklin Cover Group Leader
Jack Warden Actor
Robert H. Harris Dr. Broden

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Frank Arrigo Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Howard Fast Screenwriter
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Keller Producer
Ted Kent Editor
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Terence Nelson Asst. Director
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mirage
1. In the Dark (Main Titles) [6:31]
2. Not Too Sure [5:56]
3. At Gunpoint [7:27]
4. Reporting to Police [5:11]
5. In the Park [4:48]
6. Consulting the Doc [6:15]
7. Hiring a Dick [4:51]
8. Private Nightmare [7:52]
9. Who Are You? [6:12]
10. Being Played [4:32]
11. Coming Close [3:35]
12. Bodies Mount [7:41]
13. Nowhere To Go [4:32]
14. Starting To Remember [5:30]
15. A Visit to the Major [9:56]
16. On the Hook [8:47]
17. All the Pieces Fit [6:49]
18. End Titles [1:32]

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