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The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

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Bill Delancey (as Brad Dillman)
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Dr. Roger West
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Maggie West
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Abby Clarkson
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Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)
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Zanc Theun
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Bennett
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Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with). Written by Humberto Amador

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Brace yourself for the ultimate transplant. The human soul. See more »


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11 June 1971 (USA)  »

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Satan, mon amour  »

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Has the singular distinction of being the only theatrical film produced by Twentieth Century-Fox during the entire calendar year of 1970, this due to financial reversals incurred by the studio when several of its recent films failed at the box office. See more »

Quotes

Duncan Ely: People should be born at the age of 70 and live their life backwards.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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The Mephisto Waltz
Written by Franz Liszt
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Spooky supernatural thriller
29 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

A dying pianist (Curt Jurgins) makes a bargain with Satan to have his soul put into a younger man's body (Alan Alda). The younger man's wife (Jacqueline Bissett) realizes slowly something is different about her husband... This is a scary, unsettling little horror film from the '70s that is virtually unknown today (why?). It has one serious thing wrong with it--Alan Alda. He's totally miscast and gives a lousy performance. Everybody else is good (especially an incredibly beautiful Bissett). The movie moves fairly quick, it has some really eerie dream sequences, quite a few frightening moments and a VERY scary call to Satan at the end. Heck, even the music is scary! Worth seeing...and should be better known.


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