The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

The Mephisto Waltz




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Movie Info

Adapted from a Fred Mustard Stewart novel, this offbeat occult thriller stars Alan Alda (just prior to his eleven-year stint on M*A*S*H) as journalist and burgeoning musician Myles Clarkson, whose long-sought interview with ailing concert pianist (and closet Satanist) Duncan Ely (Curt Jurgens) leads to a mysterious ritual in which Ely's soul is transferred into Clarkson's body at the moment of the elder man's death. Further complications ensue when Myles' wife Paula (Jacqueline Bisset) discovers … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Fred Mustard Stewart, Ben Maddow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007


as Myles Clarkson

as Paula Clarkson

as Duncan Ely

as Bill Delancey

as Dr. West

as Maggie West

as Abby Clarkson

as Agency Head

as Conductor

as Agency Head's Girl

as Woman Writer

as Zanc Theun

as Raymont
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Critic Reviews for The Mephisto Waltz

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It will frighten you... with boredom!

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

Alan Alda tinkles the devil's ivories in this super 70s Satan suspenser.

Full Review… | July 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Mephisto Waltz

Nothing really new here, and obiviously heavily influenced by Rosemary's Baby. Barbara Parkins is sexy and a young Jacqueline Bisset = Elizabeth Hurley = yum.

Jeff B

I don't know how else to describe this but as Soft Horror, it draws you in with its weirdness, but it is pretty good


This is pretty much your typical devil worshiping cult movie with a few new takes to it. I really liked the atmosphere to it and it had a good feel.The story was pretty decent too and had some good scares. What is keeping this movie from getting a higher rating is there are some parts that don't make sense. There are some scenes that I feel the characters should have been more emotional and there are some places twist in the story where your like WTF?

Jon Fassnacht

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