A formerly institutionalized young man (Anthony Perkins) meets up with a cute, sexy high school cheerleader (Tuesday Weld) and pretends to be a CIA agent to get her interested in him while she responds to his fantasy all too willingly. This, combined with her adult craving for sensual excitement, adds up to a potentially explosive pairing indeed. And explode it does.
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What I love most about this movie is that it doesn’t just turn the tables on the classic Bonnie and Clyde dynamic; it completely renders it obsolete. Instead of a Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate situation (as was dramatized in Badlands), we get a manipulative young girl totally taking advantage of a mentally unstable man who can’t differentiate fact from fiction.
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