Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2/13/09: Mirage (1965)

Gregory Peck has quite a quandary: He can't remember much about his past from before two years ago—and also, people keep trying to shoot him. The suspense novel Fallen Angel by Howard Fast (author of Spartacus) is the basis of this nail-biter; it's one of those movies with a lot of baffling occurrences, but all of the pieces finally start to fit by the movie's conclusion. Director Edward Dmytryk does a serviceable job, but one can't help lamenting the absence of Hitchcock, who would undoubtedly have turned this into something even better. Intriguing and suspenseful, but could (and should) have been a classic. Walter Matthau, Jack Weston and Kevin McCarthy all contribute memorably. Rating: 4/5.

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