Review: ‘Mirage’

Mirage starts as a mystery, unfolds as a mystery, ends as a mystery. There are moments of stiff action and suspense but plot is as confusing as it is overly-contrived.

Mirage starts as a mystery, unfolds as a mystery, ends as a mystery. There are moments of stiff action and suspense but plot is as confusing as it is overly-contrived.

Gregory Peck stars as an amnesiac trying to learn why he is the target for assassins. Story is about a man in NY who suddenly discovers he cannot remember any part of his past life. Returning to his apartment from a big office building which was suddenly without lights and where a prominent man plunged to his death from the 27th floor, he is confronted by a stranger holding a gun who informs him he’s taking Peck to a man he has never heard of. Knocking the gunman out, he goes to the police to demand protection, only to discover he’s a thoroughly confused man.

Edward Dmytryk in his taut direction keeps a tight rein on pace and manages vigorous movement in individual sequences, but cannot overcome script deficiencies. Peck’s character is not clearly drawn but actor makes the most of what’s offered him as a brooding man trying to save his life. Diane Baker flits in and out of plot as a mysterious figure whose true identity is never established.

Mirage

Production

Universal. Director Edward Dmytryk; Producer Harry Keller; Screenplay Peter Stone; Camera Joseph MacDonald; Editor Ted J. Kent; Music Quincy Jones

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Gregory Peck Diane Baker Walter Matthau Kevin McCarthy Jack Weston Leif Erickson
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