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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Whereas most films that are 40 years old are cheesy and lame by today's standards, this one has stood the test of time. Well written, well acted and interesting. One can't ask for more than that in a film made in 1968. Anthony Perkins always did play the insane characters well. As for Tuesday Weld, she's smokin' in this one.
The best reason to watch this movie is Tuesday Weld, and her acting skills are quite good too. She adds tremendously to the element of dark humor. Tuesday plays a high school girl that seduces Perkins. He thinks he is using her, when he finally discovers that he was being played, his reaction is priceless.
What a crazy story! I am surprised this isnât more of a cult film.It is not predictable, thatâs for sure and the various twists kept me glued to the screen. Good performances, excellent screenplay. Beverly Garland stands out in the cast.