Pretty Poison

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Movie Info

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

Cast

Anthony Perkins
as Dennis Pitt
Tuesday Weld
as Sue Ann Stepanek
Beverly Garland
as Mrs. Stepanek
John Randolph
as Morton Azenauer
Dick O'Neill
as Bud Munsch
Clarice Blackburn
as Mrs. Bronson
Ken Kercheval
as Harry Jackson
Don Fellows
as Detective
Parker Fennelly
as Night Watchman
Paul Larson
as Mrs. Stepanek's Boyfriend
Tim Callahan
as Plainclothesman
George Fisher
as Burly Man
Bill Sorrells
as Cop at Beanery
Dan Morgan
as Man at Police Station
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Critic Reviews for Pretty Poison

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7)

  • This gleefully macabre tale of crime and, or maybe without, punishment is less a tale of lovers on the run than of lovers running in vicious circles and kicking up a storm of history that may never have settled down.

    April 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film is strongest when focusing on the two perfect-foil leads as they blissfully indulge paranoid fantasies about poison in the local water supply and plot covert counterespionage operations.

    January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • Like any good study in couple's psychopathology, a familiar relationship is visible here, but in a parodic, mutated form.

    January 31, 2012 | Full Review…
  • ...He's an older guy, to be sure, and she's a beautiful high school majorette seemingly charmed by his secretive life and acronym-dotted small talk, but behind her schoolgirl smile is a cagey, bored girl with a sociopathic streak ...

    January 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Showing its social jaundice between grotty bursts of violence, this acidly comic late-'60s noir lets Tuesday Weld's teen queen with a taste for mayhem out-psycho Anthony Perkins.

    January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Over the years has developed a strong cult following.

    November 20, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pretty Poison

  • Jan 24, 2016
    Perkins doesn't stretch himself, the film belongs to Weld and she does a terrific job.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2013
    A great psychological thriller with tables turning and no one quite knowing who has the advantage over whom. Great use of a post Psycho Anthony Perkins to play...a psycho.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2012
    "Boy. What a week. I met you on Monday, fell in love with you on Tuesday, Wednesday I was unfaithful, Thursday we killed a guy together. How about that for a crazy week, Sue Ann?"
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2012
    This has a cult status? This film doesn't seem to me the kind that would have a fan base. Just look at how much ratings it has. There are a couple of things wrong here. To start off, the production value is poor. I felt like I was watching a good quality home video. The lighting is all wrong. The decision on time could have been better. By that I mean the transition of scenes on whether their morning or night. The good parts include the acting. Great acting by the main cast especially Anthony Perkins. I originally saw this because he was in Psycho. The plot itself is okay. Not a perfect plot but an entertaining one non the least. I advise you to give this a chance you might like it more then me.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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