Pretty Poison

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Overview

Easygoing but psychotic Dennis Anthony Perkins is released from jail, where he has served a sentence for his complicity in a suspicious death. Wandering through a small, working-class New England town, Dennis befriends apparently normal high school A-student Sue Ann Tuesday Weld. He fills her head with lies about his imaginary career as a secret agent. She is thrilled, and makes up her mind to join him in his further adventures. This jet-black "who's manipulating who?" seriocomedy was adapted by Lorenzo Semple ...
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Overview

Easygoing but psychotic Dennis Anthony Perkins is released from jail, where he has served a sentence for his complicity in a suspicious death. Wandering through a small, working-class New England town, Dennis befriends apparently normal high school A-student Sue Ann Tuesday Weld. He fills her head with lies about his imaginary career as a secret agent. She is thrilled, and makes up her mind to join him in his further adventures. This jet-black "who's manipulating who?" seriocomedy was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller's novel She Let Him Continue.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In a lot of 1960s cinema, "trouble" was spelled "Tuesday Weld." Sexy, kittenish, possessed of a voice that purred venom, Weld created one of her most memorable amoral portraits in Pretty Poison, an initially neglected black comedy/thriller that has gained in stature since its initial release. Weld, of course, is blessed with looks that go a long way to explaining why she is able to captivate Anthony Perkins, but there's a fiercely instinctive and intelligent actress manipulating those looks, one who knows just what buttons to push to convey innocence or evil (and sometimes both simultaneously). Her reactions to her murderous activities are chilling -- and yet funny. Perkins is her perfect match; his shy, eager-to-be-manipulated psychopath may have echoes of Norman Bates, but only echoes; Perkins was too good an actor at this stage of his career to waste this opportunity by simply repeating himself. Both actors are helped by Lorenzo Semple Jr.'s darkly ironic screenplay, which provides both meaty characters and a compelling storyline. Pretty Poison's blackness will put off many, but it's a prize for those who treasure riveting performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • UPC: 024543370109
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,674

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Dennis
Tuesday Weld Sue Ann Stepanek
Beverly Garland Mrs. Stepanek
John Randolph Azenauer
Dick O'Neill Bud Munsch
Clarice Blackburn Mrs. Bronson
Joe Bova Pete
Ken Kercheval Harry
George Fisher Burly Man
Dan Morgan
Paul Larson Mrs. Stepanek's Boy Friend
Bill Sorrells Cop at Beanery
Don Fellows Detective
Parker Fennelly Night Watchman
Technical Credits
Noel Black Director, Producer
Marshal Backlar Producer
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Grossberg Associate Producer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Billy King Special Effects
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Harold Michelson Art Director
John Mortensen Set Decoration/Design
David Quaid Cinematographer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Screenwriter
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Lawrence Turman Executive Producer
Ralph Winigar Special Effects
William H. Ziegler Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pretty Poison
1. On Probation
2. Main Titles/Drill Team
3. Work Fantasy
4. Secret Rendezvous
5. Classified Mission
6. Surveillance
7. Probation Check-in
8. Prisoner
9. Family Ties
10. Ice Cold Nerves
11. Mrs. Stepanek
12. Under Suspicion
13. Confession
14. In the Woods
15. Calculated Murder
16. Hell of a Jam
17. I Did It
18. Sweet Sue Ann
19. Pretty Poison
20. The Next Victim/End Titles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    &quot Pretty Poison&quot Purrs but Doesn't Growl

    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 a baby doll face, 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 room for it in the real world. It turns out, though, that the real world contains even crazier and more dangerous psychopaths than do the madhouses. &quot Pretty Poison&quot has a fascinating premise and it would have been a far better movie, had the direction not been so flat and uninspired. The noir movie wannabe is slow-paced and fails to build any significant suspense or thrills, which is out of joint with its subject matter and genre. Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, on the other hand, turn in well-honed performances as psychopaths, and, oddly enough, of the two, Weld comes off as the scarier.

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