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Jigsaw (1968)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 7 June 1968 (USA)
After inadvertently ingesting some sugar laced with LSD, a man wakes up with amnesia and in the middle of a murder plot.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), Ranald MacDougall (screen story) (as Quentin Werty) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Guardino ... Arthur Belding
Bradford Dillman ... Jonathan Fields
Hope Lange ... Helen Atterbury
Pat Hingle ... Lew Haley
Diana Hyland ... Sarah
Victor Jory ... Edward Arkroyd
Susan Saint James ... Ida
Michael J. Pollard ... Dill
Susanne Benton ... Arlene
James Doohan ... Building Superintendent
Donald Mitchell Donald Mitchell ... Peter
Roy Jenson ... Arnie
Lev Mailer ... (as Ralph Maurer)
Jim Creech Jim Creech
Kent McCord
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After inadvertently ingesting some sugar laced with LSD, a man wakes up with amnesia and in the middle of a murder plot.

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Starring The Academy Award Nominee For "Bonnie And Clyde" See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Convida ao Crime See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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This was originally planned to be a television movie. However due to content NBC refused to run it so Universal gave it a theatrical release instead. See more »

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Remake of Mirage (1965) See more »

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Jigsaw
Performed by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band
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TV-intended reworking of "Mirage"...updated with nuclear asides and LSD
27 July 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bradford Dillman plays a scientist who wakes up one morning in the middle of a bloody crime scene; having partial amnesia (or "global amnesia", which one character claims to define as elective loss of memory), the scientist finds a private detective in the phone book in the hopes of piecing his life back together. Abhorrent concoction very loosely based on Walter Ericson's book "Fallen Angel" (filmed in 1965 as "Mirage" with Gregory Peck). It was probably too racy for television--what with drugs and hippies added to the mix--that NBC initially refused to air it, which is how this low-budgeter wound up in theaters. Director James Goldstone gets freaky with the hyperkinetic visuals and camera-tricks, while editor Edward A. Biery goes wild with the zig-zag cuts. Unfortunately, their admittedly-colorful gimmicks cannot cover up the weaknesses of this updated plot, and the acting is woefully overripe. Dillman, under pressure to recall the events of the night in question, goes through an Actor's Seminar of tics, stammers, nose-wipes, and crazy half-laughs while spitting out dialogue like, "Dream...a dream...drugs...yeah, drugs...that SOUND...bells...help!" As a villainous fellow scientist with a Cheshire Cat smile, Pat Hingle nearly upstages Dillman in the Grand Thespian department by continually addressing everyone in baby-talk, strutting about like a middle-aged peacock and twisting his mouth around in agony. Hope Lange's scientist/love-interest is given the short shrift, but not before she screams at indifferent-lover Dillman: "What do I have to do, talk Ape Man? Me want You!" This is one frantic "Jigsaw"! *1/2 from ****


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