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The Big Cube (1969)

PG | | Thriller, Drama | 30 April 1969 (USA)
A former actress clashes with her wealthy and spoiled stepdaughter over their inheritance after the death of their protector.

Director:

Tito Davison

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William Douglas Lansford (screenplay), Tito Davison (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Adriana Roman
George Chakiris ... Johnny Allen
Richard Egan ... Frederick Lansdale
Dan O'Herlihy ... Charles Winthrop (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Karin Mossberg ... Lisa Winthrop
Pamela Rodgers ... Bibi
Carlos East ... Lalo
Augusto Benedico ... Dr. Lorenz
Víctor Junco ... Delacroix (as Victor Junco)
Norma Herrera Norma Herrera ... Stella
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... University Dean (as Pedro Galvan)
The Finks The Finks ... The Finks
Regina Torné ... Queen Bee (as Regina Torne)
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Storyline

Renowned stage actress Adriana Roman, the muse of playwright Frederick Lansdale, is retiring to marry tycoon, Charles Winthrop. The marriage does not sit well with Charles' daughter, Lisa Winthrop, who dislikes her new stepmother if only because she is the other woman for her father's affections. However, on her father's urging, Lisa tries to get to know Adriana, to who she slowly warms. Meanwhile, Lisa attracts the attention of Johnny Allen, a womanizing, fortune hunting medical student who uses the school lab to produce and sell acid among the hip, mod crowd he hangs around. He romances naive Lisa who falls under his spell. After an incident with Charles, Johnny, sensing an opportunity to abscond with at least some of the Winthrop fortune by using Lisa's mistrust of Adriana, manipulates Lisa into trying to make Adriana go crazy, in large part through the lacing of her sedatives with acid. Adriana begins to hallucinate that Lisa and Johnny are trying to kill her, which is what they ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A Psychedelic Freak-Out! See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Escrava da Alucinação See more »

Filming Locations:

Chrubusco-Azteca, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Psychedelic signs at Lisa and Johnny's wedding said: Lisa and Johnny did Their Thing; Johnny is Lisa's Old Man. See more »

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Girl in Lola's Apartment: Johnny, come on! Come on and take shower with me. Come on, now, precious.
Johnny Allen: I don't need a shower.
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Psychedelic horror show
20 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lana Turner was four years off the big screen when she did The Big Cube. Unlike some of her other contemporaries from the Hollywood Studio years she never went the horror route. But The Big Cube was enough of a psychedelic horror show as it is.

Lana plays acclaimed stage actress and second trophy wife of billionaire Dan O'Herlihy. His daughter Karin Mossberg is jealous of her stepmother especially after O'Herlihy is killed in a boating accident and his will gives Turner control of the fortune until Mossberg reaches the age of 25 and she can only marry someone Lana gives consent to.

That consent will not be given to medical student George Chakiris and he works Iago like on Mossberg. Chakiris supports himself selling LSD and he acts as travel agent to give Turner a trip to the psychedelic loony bin.

I can't believe Turner who was still drop dead gorgeous in 1969 couldn't find a better vehicle than this piece of trash. Take out the LSD and it's really just a watered down version of some of the soap operas Turner did in her latter years.

Richard Egan is here to and he has little to do but stand around and catch Turner on the rebound from the psych ward. He's a playwright and the truth is exposed with a gambit from Hamlet.

But the Bard would not have been happy seeing his idea wind up in this freak show.


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