Mirage

Mirage

DVD - 2011
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A suspenseful drama in which a physiochemist suffers from amnesia and tries to unravel the mysteries locked in his mind and understand why he is the target of hit men.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios, 2011.
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: 791.436556 MIRAGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 16, 2016

GREAT 1965 b/w film starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker (and more). Definition of 'mirage' is an optical phenomena that can be captured on film - hey, just like a movie!
First time I've seen it and the film really worked for me. Big change in type/style from all the 40's and 50's Hollywood dance musicals I've been watching recently. I can appreciate how much the underlying story (from a book written by Howard Fast under pseudonym Walter Ericson) contributed to its cleverness. Not sure if Fast gets credit for the extremely clever script dialog which was particularly good and carried the film along. High marks for Dymtryk, Stone, MacDonald and all the other contributors.
Ironically, the plot involves the death of a scientist who we learn later had discovered how to suppress radioactive fallout in atom bombs - he dies by falling out (ha, ha) of a window of a high building. Also ironically, the film starts with the electrical blackout of a skyscraper - and ensuing plot involves mental blackouts of main character Gregory Peck. You get the flavor for how this '60s era (includes anti-corporation, corrupt social orgs, whack psychiatry/a bit of drugs, and more) of 40's film noir is going to, um, taste.
Lots of fun play on words in script dialog. In one scene one of characters sez he doesn't like guns because 'you have a gun and, sure as shooting, you'll end up using it'.
I do agree with those who say the ending is a bit weak but overall I still really enjoyed/appreciate the excellent production/acting/staging, etc.
Just put a hold on 1945 Hitchcock film 'Spellbound' so I can see how that relates to 'Mirage'.

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garycornell
Jan 25, 2015

"Mirage" is one of the best suspense movies ever made. Director Edward Dymtryk picked a great script and cast. The cast is headed by Gregory Peck, who is in almost every scene in the movie. He has hired Walter Matthau to be his private detective, although Walter admits to Gregory Peck is his first case. Walter Matthau adds humor to the movie even when it is least expected. "Mirage" should be rated as one of Gregory Peck's finest movies. I know that is saying a lot, but seeing is believing!

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