The Mephisto Waltz

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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 the none-too-subtle change in her husband's behavior, and she is pulled deeper into Ely's twisted circle. The plot thickens as further soul-swapping, dark family secrets, and demonic possession come into play. A heavy sense of doom pervades this bizarre film, thanks to some offbeat cinematography and eerie music, as well as some truly shocking setpieces courtesy of prolific TV director Paul Wendkos, who helmed the excellent Legend of Lizzie Borden. The prosaic Alda lacks the dangerous edge his character demands, but Bisset's performance is chillingly effective. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Cast

Alan Alda
as Myles Clarkson
Jacqueline Bisset
as Paula Clarkson
Curd Jürgens
as Duncan Ely
Bradford Dillman
as Bill Delancey
Kathleen Widdoes
as Maggie West
Pamelyn Ferdin
as Abby Clarkson
Curt Lowens
as Agency Head
Gregory Morton
as Conductor
Janee Michelle
as Agency Head's Girl
Lilyan Chauvin
as Woman Writer
Khigh Dhiegh
as Zanc Theun
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Audience Reviews for The Mephisto Waltz

  • Aug 06, 2008
    it was a gd horror movie i guess i saw this movie last night and there were some parts i did not like but still a gd horor movie if u like old horror movie then u have to see it and its about A music journalist (Alan Alda) scores the interview of a lifetime when a terminally ill piano virtuoso (Curd Jürgens) agrees to talk to him. But the opportunity doesn't come cheap -- the price is giving up his soul. Although the writer's wife (Jacqueline Bisset) suspects something's wrong, she has no idea her husband's been possessed. Barbara Parkins also stars in this classic 1970s thriller.
    †HorrorFan† . Super Reviewer

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