Memorable Seventies Made-For-TV Movies

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ABC Movie Of The Weekeginning in the early 1960s, television networks began showing what were called "made-for-TV-movies" to encourage audiences to stay at home and watch what they promoted as the equivalent of a first-run theatrical film. As the networks began showing major theatrical releases in prime time, beginning with NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies in 1961, a shortage of movie studio product led to the production of made-for-TV movies, the first of which is generally acknowledged to be See How They Run in 1964. Many early made-for-TV-movies features major stars and were usually broadcast as a weekly anthology TV series, such as ABC's Movie of the Week. The made-for-TV-movie format flourished in the following decades, and by 1996, 264 made-for-TV-movies were made by America's six largest TV networks that year.

Below are brief synopses of 200 of some of the most memorable made-for-TV-movies of the 1970s, followed by a searchable database of 1,100 additional made-for-TV-movies from the 1970s, late 1960s and early 1980s. Also presented is a Reader's Comments forum where you can discuss your favorite made-for-TV-movies from the 1970s and other decades.

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
Children's, 1973
videos bullet iconJosh Albee, Jeff Tyler, Buddy Ebsen, Jane Wyatt, Vic Morrow, Chris Wiggins. Directed by James Neilson. 78 min.

It's not the definitive Mark Twain classic, but not entirely abysmal, either. If your kids haven't seen any of the numerous versions available, they might enjoy the antics of Tom, his pal Huckleberry Finn, and the villianous Injun Joe. But no film of this tale has ever truly captured the earthy humor and twangy charm of the original. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE AFFAIR
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconNatalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Bruce Davison, Jamie Smith Jackson, Kent Smith, Frances Reid, Pat Harrington. Directed by Gilbert Cates. 74 min.

Sensitive, careful handling of a 30-ish female songwriter with polio (Wood) experiencing her first love affair with a lawyer (Wagner). Excellent cast, expert script by Barbara Turner. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ALEXANDER: THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconLeigh J. McCloskey, Eve Plumb, Earl Holliman, Juliet Mills, Jean Hagen, Lonnie Chapman. Directed by John Erman. 100 min.

In this sequel to Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, a country-boy-turned-Hollywood-hustler (McCloskey) tries to find legitimate work in order to marry a teen-aged prostitute (Plumb) he had hoped to regenerate, but gets involved with a homosexual football pro. A sordid tale, with McCloskey aping Jon Voight's Midnight Cowboy characterization. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Action/Adventure, 1979
videos bullet iconRichard Thomas, Patricia Neal, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasance, Ernest Borgnine. Directed by Delbert Mann. 155 min.

It isn't often that a TV remake can hold its own with a recognized movie classic, but this expertly crafted and memorably acted drama bears comparison with its illustrious 1930 Hollywood original. Although it lacks the power of its distinguished predecessor, this credible production touches our emotions and shakes us out of our complacency as it unfolds the tale of an idealistic German student turned soldier who comes of age on a World War I battlefield. The pain and anger of Remarque's antiwar novel is captured with force and incisiveness, making this another enduring pacifist drama. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ALL YOU NEED IS CASH
Comedy, 1978
videos bullet iconNeil Innes, Eric Idle, Rikki Fataar, John Halsey. Directed by Eric Idle and Gary Weis. 70 min.

All You Need Is Cash was a film spoof on The Beatles featuring a satirical group calling themselves The Rutles. The group, comprised of Ron Nasty (Innes), Dirk McQuickly (Idle), Stig O'Hara (Fataar), and Barry Wom (Halsey), portrayed characters based on The Beatles and performed original material, written by Innes, based on The Beatles' music. The show aired in the U.S. on March 22, 1978, and included a cameo appearance by ex-Beatle George Harrison. The idea for The Rutles was conceived by Idle, who first presented a film of the group performing which was shown on the NBC-TV show Saturday Night Live. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconTommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, James Hampton, Tovah Feldshuh, Lee Purcell, Jim Antonio, Sorrell Brooke, Arthur Franz. 215 min.

A surprisingly colorless account of the reclusive millionaire's life. Jones' dull performance is easily overshadowed by Flanders as associate Noah Dietrich and Feldshuh as Katherine Hepburn. But there is occasional intrigue in this ambitious production. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconHenry Winkler, David Wayne, Dorian Harewood, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thompson, Susan Hogan. Directed by Eric Till. 100 min.

A lot of facial putty turns "The Fonz" into Scrooge for this update of Dickens' classic set in a Depression-era New England town. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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AND BABY MAKES SIX
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconColleen Dewhurst, Warren Oates, Maggie Cooper, Mildred Dunnock, Timothy Hutton, Allyn Ann McLerie. Directed by Waris Hussein. 100 min.

A middle-aged couple with three grown children face parenthood again. Dewhurst pulls this one up by its bootstraps. Script by Shelley Ligt. Above average. The director and three of the main cast return the following year for an inferior sequel, Baby Comes Home. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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AND YOUR NAME IS JONAH
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconSally Struthers, James Woods, Randee Heller, Penny Stanton, Titos Vandis. Directed by Richard Michaels. 95 min.

Earnest drama about a couple trying to cope with their young son discovered to be deaf after being wrongly institutionalized as retarded. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE?
Mystery/Suspense, 1978
videos bullet iconKathleen Beller, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Robin Mattson, Tricia O'Neill, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Walter Grauman. 96 min.

Predictable thriller about a high school coed who is the target of a terror campaign. Unsatisfactory adaptation of Richard Peck's Edgar Mystery Award-winning novel. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE ASTRONAUT
Horror/Science Fiction, 1971
Monte Markham, Jackie Cooper, Susan Clark, Robert Lansing, Wally Schirra. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. 73 min.

Space officials involved in a cover-up, ask an ex-pilot to pose as a lookalike astronaut who died on Mars. Average.

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ATTACK ON TERROR: THE FBI VS. THE KU KLUX KLAN
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconNed Beatty, John Beck, Billy Green Bush, Dabney Coleman, Andrew Duggan, Ed Flanders, George Grizzard, L.Q. Jones, Geoffrey Lewis, Maryln Mason, Wayne Rogers, Peter Strauss, Rip Torn. Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. 215 min.

Docu-drama from FBI files, tying the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 to the Klan after a four-year investigation. Good cast and intelligent approach to a basically formula plot. Calvin Clement's teleplay was based on Don Whitehead's book. Above average.

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconCicely Tyson, Barbara Chaney, Richard Dysart, Katherine Helmond, Michael Murphy, Odetta, Thalmus Rasulala. Directed by John Korty. 110 min.

Acclaimed drama from Ernest J. Gaines' epic novel covering, through the memories of a fictional 110-year-old slave (Tyson), the black experience from the Civil War to the start of the civil rights movement. Tyson's tour-de-force performance, Korty's subtle direction, and Tracy Keenan Wynn's intelligent script accounted for three of the nine Emmy Awards given to the film, one of the most ambitious ever made for television. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BAD RONALD
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
videos bullet iconScott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch, Dabney Coleman, Kim Hunter, John Fiedler. Directed by Buzz Kulik. 78 min.

A family with three daughters moves into an old house unaware that it has a secret room occupied by a psychopathic teenager who has murdered a taunting peer. An intriguing little thriller adapted by Andrew Peter Martin from the John Holbrook Vance novel. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BAFFLED
Horror/Science Fiction, 1972
videos bullet iconLeonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire, Vera Miles, Rachel Roberts, Jewel Branch, Christopher Benjamin. Directed by Phillip Leacock. 90 min.

Contrived but enjoyable race-against-time thriller by Theodore Apstein with Nimoy as an American race driver whose visions convince an ESP expert (Hampshire) that people in vision are in danger. An unsuccessful television pilot. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BATTERED
Drama, 1978
Karen Grassle, LeVar Burton, Mike Farrell, Joan Blondell, Howard Duff, Chip Fields. Directed by Peter Werner. 100 min.

Absorbing and disturbing drama interweaves three stories of wife-beating victims; Grassle also co-wrote this teleplay with Cynthia Lovelace Sears. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE BERMUDA DEPTHS
Horror/Science Fiction, 1978
videos bullet iconBurl Ives, Leigh McCloskey, Julie Woodson, Carl Weathers, Connie Sellecca. Directed by Tom Katani. 100 min.

A mysterious beauty and a prehistoric monster puzzle some scientists but offer no challenge to the viewer; crummy sci-fi. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE BIONIC WOMAN
Action/Adventure, 1975
videos bullet iconLee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson. Directed by Richard Moder. 96 min.

This series pilot is right up there with earth shoes, disco dancing, and Watergate among the important reasons we should all be embarrassed that the 1970s ever happened. We admit it: we preferred Lindsay Wagner running in slow motion as Jaime Sommers to robot Lee Majors as robot Steve Austin, but really! Wagner's winsomeness doesn't overcome the nonsensical plot. This is what you bought a VCR to escape. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BILLY: PORTRAIT OF A STREET KID
Action/Adventure, 1975
videos bullet iconLeVar Burton, Ossie Davis, Dolph Sweet, Michael Constantine, Tina Andrews. Directed by Steve Gethers. 100 min.

A well-acted but predictable drama of a ghetto youth's dreams of escaping from his dismal existence. Especially good performance from Burton. Retitled Ghetto Child. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BIRDS OF PREY
Action/Adventure, 1974
videos bullet iconDavid Janssen, Ralph Meeker, Elayne Heilveil, Harry Klekas, Sam Dawson. Directed by William Graham. 95 min.

Good suspenser as Salt Lake City traffic-helicopter pilot Janssen witnesses a bank robbery in progress, becomes inexorably involved. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BIRTH OF THE BEATLES
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconStephen Mackenna, Rod Culbertson, John Altman, Ray Ashcroft, Ryan Mitchell, David Wilkinson, Brian Jameson. Directed by Richard Marquand. 100 min.

Dramatization of the early days of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and the fifth Beatle, Pete Best. Unfamiliar cast of lookalikes pretend to be the Fab Four, and the group Rain sings Beatles songs -- but why accept substitutes? Average.

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BLACK NOON
Mystery/Suspense, 1971
videos bullet iconRoy Thinnes, Yvette Mimieux, Gloria Grahame, Lynn Loring, Ray Milland, Henry Silva, Suzan Sheppard, Leif Garrett. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. 73 min.

A traveling preacher and his young wife stumble upon an odd religious sect in the American west. Last shot of film explains all. Average.

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THE BLUE KNIGHT
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconWilliam Holden, Lee Remick, Joe Santos, Sam Elliott, David Moody, Jamie Farr, Vic Tayback. Directed by Robert Butler. 103 min.

Holden gives gritty, Emmy-winning performance as Bumper Morgan, the hero of Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling novel about an aging L.A. street cop. Morgan's last four days on the job find him obsessed with finding a prostitute's killer, while his girlfriend (Remick) anxiously awaits the hour of his retirement. Well-done, authentic police story, superbly performed. Cut down from original four-part, 200-minute presentation for TV syndication. Above average.

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BORN INNOCENT
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconLinda Blair, Joanna Miles, Kim Hunter, Richard Jaeckel, Mary Murphy, Allyn Ann McLerie, Mitch Voegl. Directed by Donald Wrye. 100 min.

Graphic story of teenaged girl's struggle to adjust to rigors of tough juvenile detention home. Uncompromising film, distinguished in its original showing by a realistic rape of Blair by her fellow inmates (now cut from film). Otherwise, played for the sensational; average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconJohn Travolta, Glynnis O'Connor, Robert Reed, Diana Hyland, Ralph Bellamy, Karen Morrow, John Friedrich, Buzz Aldrin. Directed by Randal Kleiser. 100 min.

A teenager is forced to live in physical and emotional isolation, having been born with an immunity deficiency, and is faced with a life or death situation when he falls in love with girl next door. Hinges on Travolta's earnest performance, but touches of bathos and a certain sci-fi attitude in the story's approach mar it. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A BRAND NEW LIFE
Drama, 1972
videos bullet iconCloris Leachman, Martin Balsam, Marge Redmond, Gene Nelson, Mildred Dunnock, Wilfrid Hyde-White. Directed by Sam O'Steen. 74 min.

A believable melodrama centering on a middle-aged couple reacting to the unexpected prospect of having their first child. Remarkable script (by Jerome Kass and Peggy Chandler Dick) and performances. Above average.

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BRIAN'S SONG
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconBilly Dee Williams, James Caan, Jack Warden, Judy Pace, Shelley Fabares. Directed by Buzz Kulik. 73 min.

An exceptional film relating the real-life relationship between Chicago Bears football players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, and the tragedy which affects entire team when Piccolo develops cancer. An outstanding teleplay by William Blinn from Sayers' I Am Third. A beautiful score by Michel Legrand. A milestone of excellence in made-for-TV movies. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconRichard Burton, Sophia Loren, Jack Hedley, Rosemary Leach, Ann Firbank. Directed by Alan Bridges. 103 min.

Simply terrible remake of Noel Coward's story about a romantic liason between two married people. Originally shown at 74 min. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BELL
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconGlenn Ford, Rosemary Forsyth, Dean Jagger, Maurice Evans, William Conrad. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 100 min.

An ambitious but hollow story of Ford (in his TV dramatic debut) determined to investigate a strange secret fraternity which is bigger and more powerful than he'd imagined. Average.

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CAGE WITHOUT A KEY
Drama, 1975
Susan Dey, Jonelle Allen, Sam Bottoms, Michael Brandon, Anne Bloom, Karen Carlson. Directed by Buzz Kulik. 100 min.

Teen-aged girl (Dey) innocently finds herself accomplice to a robbery and murder when she accepts a ride from a stranger, and then is wrongly sentenced to jail. Tedious, run-of-the-cellblock tale, resembles a 1940s B-movie. Below average.

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THE CALL OF THE WILD
Action/Adventure, 1976
John Beck, Bernard Fresson, John McLiam, Donald Moffat, Michael Pataki, Billy Green Bush, Penelope Windust, Johnny Tillotson. Directed by Jerry Jameson. 100 min.

Stark but quite graphic remake of Jack London's 1903 tale of gold fever and adventure in the Klondike. In this version, John Beck is an eager greenhorn and Fresson is a veteran prospector, but the star is a sled dog named Buck, who faces the hazards of man as well as nature. Script by James Dickey. Above average.

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CAN YOU HEAR THE LAUGHTER?: THE STORY OF FREDDIE PRINZE
Drama, 1979
Ira Angustain, Kevin Hooks, Randee Heller, Devon Ericson, Julie Carmen, Stephen Elliot. Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff. 100 min.

Affectionate account of the meteoric rise of the young comedian and his death by suicide in 1977. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA
Action/Adventure, 1979
videos bullet iconReb Brown, Len Birman, Heather Menzies, Steve Forrest, Robin Mattson, Joseph Ruskin. Directed by Rob Holcomb. 100 min.

Routine attempt to bring the legendary comic strip crimefighter to TV, this plot has his ex-Marine son continuing the family tradition of righting wrongs by pursuing an archcriminal who's aiming a neutron bomb at Phoenix. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE CASTAWAYS ON GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Comedy, 1979
videos bullet iconBob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, Judith Baldwin, Tom Bosley, Marcia Wallace. Directed by Earl Bellamy. 74 min.

In the second of the "new" Gilligan's Island series, the shipwrecked gang decides to turn their tropical paradise into a tourist trap. Average.

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CATHOLICS
Drama, 1973
Trevor Howard, Martin Sheen, Raf Vallone, Cyril Cusak, Andrew Keir, Michael Gambon, Leon Vitale. Directed by Jack Gold. 78 min.

Powerful futuristic religious drama pitting strong-willed abbot Howard against emmisary-of-change Sheen, sent by the Vatican to his secluded monastery. Wordy but thought-provoking, adapted by Brian Moore from his novel. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER
Drama, 1978
Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, Joanne Woodward, George Perry, Bryan Englund. Directed by George Englund. 100 min.

A sentimental Depression era tale about an elderly farm couple who take in their city-bred adolescent grandson for the holidays. A high-powered star cast elevates this already satisfying adoptation by Stewart Stern of Glendon Swarthout's novel, The Melodeon. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A CIRCLE OF CHILDREN
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconJane Alexander, Rachel Roberts, David Ogden Stiers, Nan Martin, Matthew Laborteaux. Directed by Don Taylor. 100 min.

Beautifully acted drama about an affluent suburbanite (Alexander) whose volunteer work with emotionally disturbed children fills the void in her life. Mary MacCracken's autobiographical novel served as the basis for this sensitive, intelligent film. Jane Alexander's superb performance is matched by that of Rachel Roberts as a gifted, demanding teacher who regards the volunteer as merely a hostess out of place. Script by Steven Gethers, based on Mary MacCracken's experiences and books. Above average. Sequel: Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II.

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THE CITY BENEATH THE SEA
Horror/Science Fiction, 1970
videos bullet iconRobert Wagner, Stuart Whitman, Rosemary Forsyth, Joseph Cotten, Richard Basehart, James Darren. Directed by Irwin Allen. 98 min.

It is 2053 A.D.: Colonists in the first underwater city struggle through their first year of attempted invasions, ocean horrors, and interpersonal squabbles. Better than average production values thanks to Irwin Allen. Script by John Meredyth Lucas. Above average.

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A COLD NIGHT'S DEATH
Mystery/Suspense, 1973
videos bullet iconRobert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne. Directed by Jerrold Freedman. 98 min.

An exceptional, offbeat mixture of psychological and physical terror in the story of two scientists replacing a dead predecessor in a wasteland research laboratory. Watch out for that ending. Written by Christopher Knopf. Above average.

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THE CONNECTION
Drama, 1973
Charles Durning, Ronny Cox, Zohra Lampert, Dennis Cole, Heather MacRae, Dana Wynter. Directed by Tom Gries. 73 min.

A deliberately intricate tale of a go-between (Durning) arranging a meeting between a jewel thief and insurance company representatives, capped by a mad car chase on Manhattan's West Side. Flawless pacing, great performances, and a good script by Albert Ruben. Above average.

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CONSPIRACY OF TERROR
Horror/Science Fiction, 1975
videos bullet iconMichael Constantine, Barbara Rhoades, Mariclare Costello, Roger Perry, David Opatoshu, Logan Ramsey. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 78 min.

Husband-wife detective team investigates the case of a man who literally was scared to death and is confronted with Satanism in suburbia. Comedy-drama, with the "cute" touch of having the ethnically mixed pair working different shifts. Average.

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THE CORN IS GREEN
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconKatherine Hepburn, Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey. Directed by George Cukor. 100 min.

Classy remake of the 1945 movie about a spinster teacher bringing education to a North Wales mining community. The story is beginning to wear a bit, but glistens with Hepburn's tour-de-force performance (in her tenth and final teaming with director Cukor) and on-location filming. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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CROWHAVEN FARM
Mystery/Suspense, 1970
videos bullet iconHope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner, John Carradine, Cindy Eilbacher. Directed by Walter Grauman. 72 min.

A middle-aged couple (Lange and Burke) inherit a farm, move in to patch up their strained marriage, and eventually adopt a child who becomes the focal point in a supernatural flashback story. A surprise ending in a generally well-handled thriller. Written by John McGreevey. Above average.

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THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME
Horror/Science Fiction, 1978
videos bullet iconBette Davis, David Ackroyd, Rosanna Arquette, Rene Auberjonois, Norman Lloyd. Directed by Leo Penn. 200 min.

A leisurely gothic horror tale set in a New England village where Bette and other weirdos maintain a ritualistic life-style, to the dismay of a commercial artist who has moved his family there from Manhattan. Adapted from Thomas Tryon's novel Harvest Home; narrated in eerie fashion by Donald Pleasance. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE DARKER SIDE OF TERROR
Mystery/Suspense, 1979
Robert Forster, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Milland, David Sheiner, John Lehne. Directed by Gus Trikonis. 100 min.

An inept psychological thriller about a researcher who agrees to have himself cloned and then must fight his look-alike for his wife's affections. Below average.

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DAWN: PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE RUNAWAY
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconEve Plumb, Leigh J. McCloskey, Bo Hopkins, Georg Stanford Brown, Lynn Carlin, Mary DeLain, Joan Prather, Anne Seymour, William Schallert. Directed by Randal Kleiser. 100 min.

Fifteen-year-old Plumb turns to prostitution in Los Angeles when she cannot find legitimate work after running away from her cocktail waitress mom Carlin. Serious social issue exploited for cheap sensationalism. Below average. Sequel: Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn.

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DEADLY GAME
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconAndy Griffith, Mitzi Hoag, Claude Earl Jones, Sharon Spellman, Dan O'Herlihy, Morgan Woodward. Directed by Lane Slate. 100 min.

Sequel to Winter Kill offers Griffith in further adventures of small town sheriff Abel Marsh. Here he investigates the destruction and scandal caused by chemical spillage from an army tanker truck. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DEADMAN'S CURVE
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconRichard Hatch, Bruce Davison, Pamela Bellwood, Susan Sullivan, Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack. Directed by Richard Compton. 100 min.

Passable biography based on the meteoric tragedy-marred careers of Jan Berry and Dean Torrance, early '60s rock idols who popularized the Surfing Sound. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE DEATH OF RICHIE
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconBen Gazzara, Robby Benson, Lance Kerwin, Eileen Brennan, Charles Fleischer, Clint Howard. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 100 min.

A family is torn apart by their teenaged son's drug addiction. Gazzara is splendid as a straight-arrow father who brings himself to kill the boy; the intelligent script by John McGreevey from Thomas Thompson's non-fiction book Richie occasionally becomes maudlin. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DEATH SCREAM
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconRaul Julia, John Ryan, Phillip Clark, Lucie Arnaz, Edward Asner, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Kate Jackson, Cloris Leachman, Tina Louise, Nancy Walker, Eric Braeden, Allyn Ann McLerie, Todd Sussman. Directed by Richard T. Heffron. 100 min.

Thriller, based on the Kitty Genovese murder in New York City, involves fifteen neighbors who witnessed the killing, did nothing to help, and refused to cooperate with police. Provocative theme deteriorates into formula cop story. Written by Stirling Silliphant. Retitled The Woman Who Cried Murder. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.



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THE DELPHI BUREAU
Action/Adventure, 1972
videos bullet iconLaurence Luckinbill, Joanna Pettet, Celeste Holm, Bob Crane, Cameron Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Bradford Dillman. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 99 min.

Fast-paced, sometimes effective cold-war thriller with the U.S. in a balance-of-power struggle. Shallow characterizations in this pilot for TV series; average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER
Horror/Science Fiction, 1973
videos bullet iconBelinda Montgomery, Shelley Winters, Robert Foxworth, Joseph Cotten, Jonathan Frid, Robert Cornthwaite. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. 74 min.

At the funeral of her mother, Montgomery is befriended by Winters, who claims a long friendship with the deceased; actually Montgomery is needed to fulfill a pact in a Devil-worshipping group. A great Rosemary's Baby-ish premise is rendered inconsequential by indifferent dialogue, acting and direction. Written by Colin Higgins. Average.

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DIARY OF A TEENAGE HITCHHIKER
Drama, 1979
Dick Van Patten, Katherine Helmond, James Carroll Jordan, Charlene Tilton, Katy Kurtzman, Christopher Knight, Dominique Dunne. Directed by Ted Post. 100 min.

Tawdry drama dramatizing the risk of soliciting rides from strangers. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AIMEE
Drama, 1976
Faye Dunaway, Bette Davis, James Sloyan, James Woods, John Lehne, Lelia Goldoni, Barry Brown, Severn Darden. Directed by Anthony Harvey. 110 min.

Period drama covering, through a courtroom hearing, the sensational disappearance and reapperance of the famed preacher, Aimee Semple McPherson, in 1926. Dunaway is fascinating as Aimee, Davis feisty as her mother in this absorbing, richly atmospheric dramatization. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE, OR MUTILATE
Horror/Science Fiction, 1971
Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sydney, Vince Edwards, John Beradino. Directed by Ted Post. 100 min.

Four elderly ladies, practical-joke enthusiasts, create a mythical girl for a computer dating questionnaire, then thirst for even more bizarre thrills. The way in which the prank turns frightening could've been handled far, far better, otherwise good performances. Average.

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DR. COOK'S GARDEN
Horror/Science Fiction, 1970
Bing Crosby, Frank Converse, Blythe Danner, Abby Lewis, Barney Hughes, Bethel Leslie. Directed by Ted Post. 73 min.

Frank Converse's return to Greenfield, Vermont, and the kindly doctor who raised him degenerates into cheap horror by the halfway mark. Even Bing Crosby as the central character can't cut it. Adapted from a play by Ira Levin. Below average.

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DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Mystery/Suspense, 1973
videos bullet iconKim Darby, Jim Hutton, Pedro Armedariz Jr., Barbara Anderson, William Demarest, Lesley Woods, Robert Cleaves. Directed by John Newland. 74 min.

A young couple (Darby & Hutton) inherit a strange house occupied by small creatures out to possess the wife. A decent premise ruined by an indifferent script and situations. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DRACULA
Horror/Science Fiction, 1973
videos bullet iconJack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown, Fiona Lewis, Penelope Horner, Murray Brown. Directed by Dan Curtis. 100 min.

The indomitable count of Transylvania lives in the person of Palance, who plays Bram Stoker's vampire king as a slightly pathetic figure, a victim of twisted fate. Sterling cast, Richard Matheson's faithful adaptation, and Oswald Morris' exceptional photography, rich in gothic touches, add to this classy new version of the old chestnut. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A DREAM FOR CHRISTMAS
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconHari Rhodes, Beah Richards, Lynn Hamilton, George Spell, Juanita Moore, Joel Fluellen, Marlin Adams, Robert DoQui, Ta Ronce Allen. Directed by Ralph Senensky. 100 min.

Inspirational story (by Earl The Waltons Hamner, Jr.) about a black minister who takes his family from Arkansas to L.A. for his new assignment: a poor congregation in a church earmarked for demolition. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DUEL
Mystery/Suspense, 1971
videos bullet iconDennis Weaver, Tim Herbert, Charles Peel, Eddie Firestone. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 73 min.

A businessman driving rented car on lonely stretch of road begins to realize that the driver of a diesel truck (whom he cannot see) is out to get him. This TV movie put Spielberg on the map, and rightly so: it's a superb suspense film, from Richard Matheson's script. Released theatrically in 1983 at 88 min. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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DYING ROOM ONLY
Mystery/Suspense, 1973
videos bullet iconCloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty, Louise Latham, Dana Elcar, Dabney Coleman. Directed by Phillip Leacock. 74 min.

A couple traveling back to L.A. via the desert by car stop off at a roadside diner; the husband mysteriously disappears. Excellent mood thanks to Richard Matheson's surprise-ending script, thoughtful direction, and small ensemble cast. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ELVIS: THE MOVIE
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconKurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle, Season Hubley, Big Russell. Directed by John Carpenter. 150 min.

The Presley saga affectionately and believably retold, from his youth to his career as a club entertainer in 1969. Russell is surprisingly effective as Elvis, whose songs were dubbed by country singer Ronnie McDowell. One of the highest rated TV movies ever -- even out-drawing a second airing of Gone With the Wind on CBS, shown opposite its premiere. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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EVIL ROY SLADE
Western, 1971
videos bullet iconJohn Astin, Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Pam Austin, Dom DeLuise, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Penny Marshall, John Ritter. Directed by Jerry Paris. 100 min.

Excellent cast tries hard in an absurd attempt at bizarre Western comedy à la Cat Ballou. The life and times of bumbling outlaw Slade and his change in attitude after falling in love with a beautiful girl (Austin). The script by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson isn't bad; the fault lies in what's done with it. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE EXECUTION OF PRIVATE SLOVIK
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconMartin Sheen, Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty, Gary Busey, Matt Clark, Ben Hammer, Charles Haid. Directed by Lamont Johnson. 120 min.

Solid drama enhanced by Martin Sheen's beautiful performance as Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion (in 1945). Thoughtful, literate adaptation by Richard Levinson and William Link of William Bradford Huie's controversial book. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND
Mystery/Suspense, 1972
videos bullet iconPeter Haskell, Barbara Rush, Sharon Farrell, Bradford Dillman, Joan Bennett, Adam West, Ivor Francis. Directed by Reza Badiyi. 75 min.

Despite excellent names connected with the script (Henry Farrell & Stanford Whitmore), a predictable, largely boring ESP-gimmicked mystery featuring a troubled lead character (Haskell) who can flash onto the future. Average.

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THE FAILING OF RAYMOND
Drama, 1971
videos bullet iconJane Wyman, Dean Stockwell, Dana Andrews, Murray Hamilton, Tim O'Connor, Paul Henreid. Directed by Boris Sagal. 73 min.

Forgettable suspense drama about a mental defective youth threatening a high school teacher who flunked him in English. The film looks as if it was directed by hypnosis. Below average.

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THE FOUR FEATHERS
Action/Adventure, 1977
Beau Bridges, Robert Powell, Simon Ward, Richard Johnson, Jane Seymour, Harry Andrews. Directed by Don Sharp. 110 min.

Robust retelling (fifth time around) of the great adventure classic. Adapted by Gerald DiPego. Dandy entertainment. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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FRIENDLY FIRE
Drama, 1979
Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Dennis Erdman, Timothy Hutton. Directed by David Greene. 145 min.

Gripping if overlong Emmy-winning drama about a rural American couple who try to cope with governmental indifference to learn the truth behind their son's death in Vietnam. Burnett seems somewhat sullen in her one-note portrayal of real-life war activist Peg Mullen, but Beatty is outstanding as her husband. Script by Fay Kanin. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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GARGOYLES
Horror/Science Fiction, 1972
videos bullet iconCornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Bernie Casey, Grayson Hall, Woodrow Chambliss, Scott Glenn. Directed by W.L. Norton. 74 min.

Anthropologist Wilde and his daughter are on a trip to Mexico, stop off at a curio station, and come upon an unusual skeleton. A very good beginning but it deteriorates halfway through the story. Flawless use of location. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE GATHERING
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconEd Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Lawrence Pressman, Stephanie Zimbalist, Bruce Davison, John Randolph. Directed by Randal Kleiser. 92 min.

A sentimental Emmy-winning Christmas drama of a man who seeks to reunite his shattered family for one final celebration before he dies. Ed Asner is solid as usual, but Maureen Stapleton is simply luminous as the wife who had lost him in his drive for success. Written by James Poe. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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GENESIS II
Horror/Science Fiction, 1973
videos bullet iconAlex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Lynn Marta, Percy Rodrigues, Harvey Jason, Ted Cassidy. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 97 min.

Disappointing sci-fi adventure. Cord is the unique survivor of a 20th-century holocaust as earth divides into two rival factions. Created by Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry, but owes a lot to "Flash Gordon." Reworked one year later as Planet Earth. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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GET CHRISTIE LOVE!
Action/Adventure, 1974
videos bullet iconTeresa Graves, Harry Guardino, Louise Sorel, Paul Stevens, Andy Romano, Debbie Dozier. Directed by William A. Graham. 100 min.

Shapely female cop goes undercover to crack a huge drug empire. Dorothy Uhnak's detective novel was the source, the later policewoman series was the result. Lots of action. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY GRAVE
Mystery/Suspense, 1977
videos bullet iconAndy Griffith, James Cromwell, Mitzi Hoag, Claude Earl Jones, Jonathan Banks, Robert F. Simon. Directed by Lou Antonio. 100 min.

A busted pilot in which small-town sheriff Griffith (again, after Winter Kill and Deadly Game) doggedly pursues a murderer. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO...
Comedy, 1973
videos bullet iconStockard Channing, Edward Asner, Warren Berlinger, Suzanne Zenor, Larry Wilcox, Jim Backus, Fred Grandy, Carl Ballantine, Annette O'Toole. Directed by Lee Phillips. 74 min.

This clever black comedy co-scripted by Joan Rivers has an ugly duckling coed made beautiful by plastic surgery, seeking deadly revenge on men who made life miserable for her. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE GLASS HOUSE
Drama, 1972
videos bullet iconVic Morrow, Clu Gulager, Billy Dee Williams, Dean Jagger, Alan Alda. Directed by Tom Gries. 73 min.

A gripping account of what it's like to be in state prison, adapted from a story by Truman Capote. Location-shot, with many real-life prisoners in the supporting cast. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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GO ASK ALICE
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconJamie Smith-Jackson, Andy Griffith, William Shatner, Julie Adams, Ruth Roman, Wendell Burton, Robert Carradine, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith. Directed by John Korty. 73 min.

Strong performances and a semi-documentary style combine in this study of a high school student's battle with drug addiction. Written by Ellen M. Violett. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE HANGED MAN
Western, 1974
Steve Forrest, Dean Jagger, Cameron Mitchell, Sharon Acker, Will Geer, Brendon Boone. Directed by Michael Caffey. 78 min.

Gunslinger Forrest miraculously survives his own execution and becomes an Old West soldier of fortune. Interesting idea routinely told. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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HELTER SKELTER
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconGeorge DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns, Christina Hart, Cathey Paine, Allan Oppenhiemer. Directed by Tom Gries. 194 min.

Electrifying film of prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's best-seller, adapted by JP Miller, about the trackdown and trial of Charles Manson and his spaced-out "family" in California. Serious, intense, and frightening, with a vivid performance by Steve Railsback as Manson. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE HOMECOMING - A CHRISTMAS STORY
Drama, 1971
videos bullet iconPatricia Neal, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Andrew Duggan, Josephine Hutchinson, Cleavon Little, Dorothy Stickney, Richard Thomas, William Windon, David Huddleston. Directed by Fielder Cook. 120 min.

Patricia Neal is Olivia Walton in her first TV movie, the forerunner to the long-running TV series The Waltons. Teleplay by Earl Hamner, Jr., was adapted from his own novel, which previously had been converted into Spencer's Mountain. Corby, Thomas, and a number of the other young players continued in The Waltons for years. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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HONOR THY FATHER
Drama, 1971
Joseph Bologna, Raf Vallone, Brenda Vaccaro, Richard Castellano, Joe De Santis, Gilbert Green, Marc Lawrence. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 100 min.

Extraordinary slice-of-life presentation of the day-to-day operations of an organized crime family, written (primarily) around the Bill Bonanno character. Adapted from Gay Talese's book by Lewis John Carlino. Within TV restrictions, not bad. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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HORROR AT 37,000 FEET
Mystery/Suspense, 1972
videos bullet iconWilliam Shatner, Roy Thinnes, Buddy Ebsen, Tammy Grimes, Lynn Loring, France Nuyen. Directed by David Lowell Rich. 73 min.

OK fantasy premise disintegrates into a forgettable suspense drama of ancient evil aboard a transatlantic commercial flight. Below average.

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THE HOUSE ON GARIBALDI STREET
Drama, 1979
Topol, Martin Balsam, Janet Suzman, Nick Mancuso, Leo McKern. Directed by Peter Collinson. 100 min.

A textbook spy thriller about the capture of Adolph Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960; good, but it nearly drowns itself in polemics. Filmed in Spain with an international cast. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconAnthony Perkins, Julie Harris, Joan Hackett, Kent Smith, Robert H. Harris. Directed by Curtis Harrington. 72 min.

Guilt-ridden blind mental patient Perkins thinks his release from the hospital and closeness to his sister Katherine (Harris) will cure him. Considering the talent connected with the script, direction and cast, a major disappointment. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME
Drama, 1973
Tom Courtenay, Dean Jagger, Paul Stanley, Marianne Jones, George Clutesi. Directed by Daryl Duke. 74 min.

A young Angelican priest is posted to a remote Indian village in British Columbia. A beautiful film translation of the Margaret Craven book. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconDiahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Paul Benjamin, Roger E. Mosley, Esther Rolle, Madge Sinclair, Constance Good. Directed by Fielder Cook. 100 min.

Black writer Maya Angelou's remembrances of her childhood in the Depression era South. Good is more than good as young Maya and Rolle is a tower of strength as the grandmother who raises her. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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I WANT TO KEEP MY BABY
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconMariel Hemmingway, Susan Anspach, Jack Rader, Dori Brenner, Vince Bagetta, Rhea Perlman. Directed by Jerry Thorpe. 100 min.

A pregnant teenager decides to have her child and raise it herself. Social drama written by Joanna Lee and acted with intelligence and vitality, despite a touch of sensationalism. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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I WILL FIGHT NO MORE FOREVER
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconJames Whitmore, Ned Romero, Sam Elliott, Nick Ramus, Emilio Delgado, Linda Redfearn. Directed by Richard T. Heffron. 100 min.

Moving dramatization of the historical confrontation between Chief Joseph, trying to lead his tribe of Nez Perce Indians off the reservation to safety in Canada, and the U.S. Government, which sent the cavalry out to stop the migration. Written by Jeb Rosebrook and Theodore Strauss. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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IN THE MATTER OF KAREN ANN QUINLAN
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconBrian Keith, Piper Laurie, David Huffman, Biff McGuire, David Spielberg, Stephanie Zimbalist, Louise Latham. Directed by Hal Jordan. 100 min.

Docu-drama exploring legal, moral and ethical aspects of the case of a New Jersey woman whose parents (Keith and Laurie) argued her right to die with dignity and wanted her life-saving machine turned off after she lapsed into a coma and suffered brain damage. Good performances, talky script, tiresome movie. Average.

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK
Horror/Science Fiction, 1977
videos bullet iconBill Bixby, Susan Sullivan, Jack Colvin, Lou Ferrigno, Susan Batson, Charles Siebert. Directed by Kenneth Johnson. 100 min.

Sci-fi adventure drama in the Jekyll-Hyde mold, taken from Marvel Comics. Bixby plays the hapless scientist whose radiation experiments turn him into a homeless wanderer and powerful seven-foot monster (Ferrigno) when enraged. Good for some thrills and laughs. Pilot for the series, and followed by The Return of the Hulk. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF DOCTOR MEG LAUREL
Adventure Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconLindsay Wagner, Gary Lockwood, Brock Peters, Andrew Duggan, James Woods. Directed by Guy Green. 150 min.

A lady doctor returns from the big city to bring modern medicine to her kinfolk in Appalachia of the '30s and runs afoul of the local medicine woman (Miss Jane Wyman). Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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INCREDIBLE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACE
Comedy, 1977
videos bullet iconChristopher Conelly, Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Whit Bissell, Bill Zuckert, Mike Mazurki, Jack Kruschen. Directed by James L. Conway. 100 min.

A madcap Western involving a cross-country grudge race between a young Mark Twain (Connelly) and his longtime rival, Mike Fink (Tucker). Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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INTIMATE STRANGERS
Drama, 1977
Dennis Weaver, Sally Struthers, Tyne Daly, Larry Hagman, Melvyn Douglas, Quinn Cummings. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 100 min.

Overlong drama about a battered wife and the destruction of a marriage. Offbeat roles for its two stars plus a sparkling cameo by Douglas as Weaver's mean old buzzard of a father. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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IT HAPPENED AT LAKEWOOD MANOR
Horror/Science Fiction, 1977
videos bullet iconLynda Day George, Robert Foxworth, Myrna Loy, Suzanne Somers. Directed by Robert Sheerer. 100 min.

Insects on the rampage, or what happens when the traditional stellar TV cast vacationing at a secluded lodge tampers with Mother Nature. Predictable horrors, and the squeamish are forewarned. Average. Retitled Panic at Lakewood Manor and later Ants for video release. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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JAMES AT 15
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconLance Kerwin, Linden Chiles, Lynn Carlin, Melissa Sue Anderson, Kate Jackson, Kim Richards. Directed by Joseph Hardy. 100 min.

Comedy-drama about the problems and pain of adolescence, with Kerwin, smitten with a high school cheerleader, faced with moving across the country with his parents. Arch family sitcom with standard plot twists. A series subsequently evolved. Average.

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JAMES DEAN
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconStephen McHattie, Michael Brandon, Dane Clark, Meg Foster, Candy Clark, Jayne Meadows. Directed by Robert Butler. 100 min.

Dramatization of the memoirs of William Bast, James Dean's roommate, from their meeting as acting students until Dean's death. McHattie is excellent in the title role. Brandon is fine as writer Bast. Bast's script, though, is a bore. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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JESUS OF NAZARETH
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconRobert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino, Stacy Keach, Ian McShane, Laurence Olivier. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. 371 min.

Leading a superb cast, Robert Powell impresses as Jesus by adding a human dimension to playing this divine personage. Although the film met with considerable criticism from various religious groups, this intensely felt chronicle of the life and teachings of Christ succeeds as a religious document without sacrificing the intimate drama of the participants, who never are portrayed as if they just stepped off a gilt-edged holy card. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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JUDGE HORTON AND THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconArthur Hill, Vera Miles, Lewis J. Stadlen, Ken Kercheval, Ellen Barber, Susan Lederer, Tom Ligon. Directed by Fielder Cook. 100 min.

Excellent courtroom-based drama detailing the 1931 rape trial of nine blacks and the embattled Southern judge who presided over the proceedings. Hill is the backbone of virtue as the courageous judge, who bravely reversed the jury's popular decision and saved several of the accused from hanging at the risk of his own career and safety. The story is cogently adapted from the book The Scottsboro Boys and superbly directed by Fielder Cook. Some of the language of the trial has been toned down to meet network standards of the mid-seventies. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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KATIE: PORTRAIT OF A CENTERFOLD
Drama, 1978
Kim Basinger, Glynn Turman, Vivian Blaine, Dorothy Malone, Fabian, Tab Hunter, Don Johnson, Melanie Mayron. Directed by Robert Greenwald. 100 min.

Naïve beauty queen from Texas grows up fast after going to Hollywood in search of stardom. Below average.

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KEY WEST
Drama, 1972
Stephen Boyd, Woody Strode, Sheree North, Earl Hindman, Tiffany Bolling, William Prince. Directed by Philip Leacock. 100 min.

An ex-CIA operative and his friend, now running boat service in Florida, become involved in chase for incriminating evidence involving a U.S. Senator. Good cast, story overcome uninspired direction; above average.

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KILLER BEES
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
videos bullet iconGloria Swanson, Edward Albert, Kate Jackson, Robert Davis, Don McGovern, Craig Stevens. Directed by Curtis Harrington. 78 min.

A symbolic drama with Swanson a winegrowing family matriarch with a strange power over a colony of bees thriving in the vineyard. Middling thriller with stagey acting and unexplained mittle-European accents. Below average.



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KILLDOZER
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
videos bullet iconClint Walker, Carl Betz, Neville Brand, James Wainwright, James Watson Jr., Robert Urich. Directed by Jerry London. 78 min.

An alien being turns a bulldozer against a hard-hat crew bossed by Walker. A man-vs-machine thriller in the shadow of Duel. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK
Horror/Science Fiction, 1978
videos bullet iconKiss (Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley), Anthony Zerbe, Carmine Caridi, Deborah Ryan, Terry Webster. Directed by Gordon Hessler. 100 min.

The famed rock group (in their acting debut) try to thwart a mad scientist's plane to clone the foursome for evil purposes. Worth catching for those wanting to see Zerbe at his slimiest. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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KUNG FU
Action/Adventure, 1971
videos bullet iconDavid Carradine, Barry Sullivan, Keith Carradine, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke. Directed by Jerry Thorpe. 75 min.

Half-American/half-Chinese, young Kwai Chang Kane, a Bhuddist monk, flees mainland China to the American West with the Imperial government out to get him. Stylish use of pseudo-karate; offbeat direction to counterpoint the script's moods; good performances. Above average; pilot for the TV series. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE LAST CHILD
Drama, 1971
videos bullet iconMichael Cole, Janet Margolin, Van Heflin, Harry Guardino, Edward Asner, Kent Smith, Barbara Babcock. Directed by Llewellyn Moxey. 73 min.

1994: The U.S. government forbids more than one child per family. The Millers (Cole & Margolin) seek escape from prison by running to Canada, pursued by the authorities, and are finally aided by a retired U.S. senator (Heflin). The accent is on drama, soft-pedaling aspects of totalitarianism, but the action and performances (including Heflin's last) are more than adequate. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE LAST DINOSAUR
Horror/Science Fiction, 1977
videos bullet iconRichard Boone, Joan Van Ark, Steven Keats, Luther Rackley, Tatsu Nakamura. Directed by Alex Grasshoff and Tom Kotani. 100 min.

Fantasy tale, made in Japan, about the world's richest man who invades a newly-discovered prehistoric world to stalk a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Entertaining foolishness out of the "Godzilla" school, originally intended for theaters. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE LAW
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconJudd Hirsch, John Beck, Bonnie Franklin, Barbara Baxley, Sam Wanamaker, Allan Arbus, John Hillerman, Gary Busey. Directed by John Badham. 120 min.

An outstanding drama depicting the criminal-justice system of a large city as public defender Hirsch pursues a case surrounding a football superstar's torture-killing. Brisk and biting, with first-rate performances. Above average.

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THE LAWYER
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconBarry Newman, Harold Gould, Diana Muldaur, Robert Colbert, Kathleen Crowley. Directed by Sidney J. Furie. 117 min.

Lively story loosely based on the famous Dr. Sam Sheppard murder case; Newman is a stubborn young lawyer defending a doctor accused of murdering his wife, battling legal protocol and an uncooperative client. Unexceptional but diverting; Newman later revived the role in the TV series Petrocelli. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconElizabeth Montgomery, Ed Flanders, Fionnula Flanagan, Katherine Helmond, Fritz Weaver, Don Porter, John Beal. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 100 min.

A realistic drama blending fact and speculation about the New England spinster accused of the murders of her father and stepmother. Atmospheric as well as graphic with a thoughtful performance by Montgomery. Script by William Bast. Above average.

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LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
Mystery/Suspense, 1971
videos bullet iconZohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Mariclare Costello, Gretchen Corbet. Directed by John Hancock. 89 min.

A creepy little tale of murder and deception as an unstable girl gets the full fright-treatment at a country home. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE LIFE AND ASSASSINATION OF THE KINGFISH
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconEdward Asner, Nicholas Pryor, Diane Kagan, Fred Cook, Dorrie Kavanaugh, Gary Allen. Directed by Robert Collins. 100 min.

Ed Asner stands out in this docudrama of the controversial Huey Long, and overcomes Robert Collins' cliched script with his tour-de-force performance. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconShaun Cassidy, Linda Purl, Zalman King, Hope Lange, Michael McGuire, Maureen Arthur. Directed by Harvey Hart. 100 min.

Rock idol Shaun Cassidy's dramatic acting debut was in this drama of two mentally retarded young adults who decide to marry despite angry resistance from their families. Virtually identical to No Other Love. Average.

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LITTLE LADIES OF THE NIGHT
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconDavid Soul, Lou Gossett, Linda Purl, Clifton James, Carolyn Jones, Paul Burke, Lana Wood, Kathleen Quinlan, Vic Tayback, Dorothy Malone. Directed by Marvin Chomsky. 100 min.

Drama about teenaged runaway Purl being drawn into a world of pimps and prostitutes. Exploitation masquerading as socially significant drama. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE LONELIEST RUNNER
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconLance Kerwin, Michael Landon, Brian Keith, DeAnn Mears, Melissa Sue Anderson, Walter Edminson, Rafer Johnson. 78 min.

Sensitive drama about the misery and humiliation suffered by a teenaged bed-wetter, a talented athelete who subsequently becomes an Olympic star. Producer-director Landon wrote this from personal experience and turns up briefly to play the title character as an adult. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY'S BABY
Horror, 1976
videos bullet iconStephen McHattie, Patty Duke Astin, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Gordon, Lloyd Haynes, David Huffman, Tina Louise, George Maharis, Ray Milland, Donna Mills. Directed by Sam O'Steen. 100 min.

Sequel to the 1968 occult blockbuster that traces the growth to adulthood of the demon child (McHattie). Patty Duke Astin is his distraught mommy; Milland and Gordon (recreating her original role) head the coven of devil worshippers. An uninspired successor to the Polanski classic, retitled, predictably, Rosemary's Baby II. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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LOVEY: A CIRCLE OF CHILDREN, PART II
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconJane Alexander, Ronny Cox, Kris McKeon, Jeff Lynas, Karen Allen, Helen Shaver, Danny Aiello. Directed by Jud Taylor. 100 min.

Jane Alexander reprises her role as Mary MacCracken -- a teacher of disturbed youngsters -- from A Circle of Children, and again is top-notch. Above average.

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THE MARCUS-NELSON MURDERS
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconTelly Savalas, Marjoe Gortner, Jose Ferrer, Ned Beatty, Allen Garfield, Lorraine Gray, Gene Woodbury, Chita Rivera. Directed by Joseph Sargent. 148 min.

Top-notch thriller about a hard-boiled detective's efforts to keep a ghetto teenager from being wrongly convicted of murder. Based on the real life Wylie-Hoffert murders in New York in 1963, it became the pilot for the long-running Kojak series, won Emmys for director Sargent and writer Abby Mann, and stardom for Savalas. Also known as Kojak and the Marcus-Nelson Murders. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE MIRACLE WORKER
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconPatty Duke Astin, Melissa Gilbert, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert, Anne Seymour, Stanley Wells. Directed by Paul Aaron. 100 min.

Powerful refilming of the William Gibson classic about young Helen Keller's first encounters with Anne Sullivan, who would be her teacher and life-long companion. Having Patty Duke Astin, who won an Oscar as Keller in a 1962 big screen version -- play Sullivan was more a novelty than an inspired piece of casting, making this one just a notch below its predecessor. Still above average. Followed by a tele-sequel in 1984, Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues, about Helen's college years and beyond. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconWilliam Devane, Martin Sheen, Howard de Silva, Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Anthony Page. 155 min.

Originally an ABC Theatre presentation, this well-handled depiction of President Kennedy's trials during the Cuban missile crisis was one of television's first docudramas. The blend of suspense and history lesson, though less powerful than it could be, stands up nicely. William Devane's superb portrayal (he was one of the first actors to play JFK) brought him a great deal of attention, and Martin Sheen provides fine support as brother Robert. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE MISSING ARE DEADLY
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
videos bullet iconEd Nelson, Jose Ferrer, Leonard Nimoy, George O'Hanlon, Jr., Margorie Lord, Kathleen Quinlan. Directed by Don McDougall. 78 min.

Suspense tale about the panic caused when a disturbed teenager takes a rat infected with a deadly virus from his father's lab. Average.

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MRS. SUNDANCE
Western, 1974
videos bullet iconElizabeth Montgomery, Robert Foxworth, L.Q. Jones, Arthur Hunnicutt, Lurene Tuttle, Claudette Nevins. Directed by Marvin Chomsky. 78 min.

The further adventures of Etta Place, the widow of The Sundance Kid (of Butch Cassidy and... fame), who leads a fugitive's existence frightened by the memory of her late husband. Lighthearted Western by Christopher Knopf tries vainly to recapture the charm of its blockbuster predecessor. Average; the character was later played by Katherine Ross, who originated the role, in Wanted: The Sundance Woman. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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MOON OF THE WOLF
Horror/Science Fiction, 1972
videos bullet iconDavid Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino, Geoffrey Lewis, Royal Dano. Directed by Daniel Petrie. 73 min.

Muddy motivation is the major liability in this somewhat likeable modern day thriller involving a werewolf in Louisiana. The resolution is offbeat but forgettable. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE MORNING AFTER
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconDick Van Dyke, Lynn Carlin, Don Porter, Linda Lavin, Richard Derr, Robert Hover. Directed by Richard T. Heffron. 78 min.

Forceful movie written by Richard Matheson with Dick Van Dyke making an auspicious dramatic debut in his portrait of a corporate executive turned alcoholic. Above average.

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MY SWEET CHARLIE
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconPatty Duke, Al Freeman Jr., Ford Rainey, William Hardy, Chris Wilson, Noble Willingham. Directed by Lamont Johnson. 97 min.

A white unwed mother and a black N.Y.C. lawyer are thrown together in an abandoned house in rural Texas. A good adaptation of the David Westheimer novel, excellent performances, and the total effect is believable and moving. A television landmark by Richard Levinson and William Link; this movie earned a theatrical showing after its debut on TV. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE NIGHT STALKER
Horror/Science Fiction, 1971
videos bullet iconDarren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Kent Smith, Barry Atwater. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 73 min.

A wise-guy reporter is assigned to a series of strange murders in Las Vegas. A near-brilliant mixture of double-edged horror, comedy; well-constructed script by Richard Matheson. Kudos to the flawless cast. Above Average. Sequel: The Night Strangler. Later a TV series. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE NIGHT STRANGLER
Horror/Science Fiction, 1972
videos bullet iconDarren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jo Ann Pflug, Richard Anderson, John Carradine, Margaret Hamilton, Wally Cox. Directed by Dan Curtis. 74 min.

Sequel to The Night Stalker finds McGavin eking out a living in Seattle; he latches onto a series of murders involving blood drainage by syringe, discovers a secret, underground city and its lone "resident." Great cast, but script has problems. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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NIGHT TERROR
Mystery/Suspense, 1977
videos bullet iconValerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor, John Quade, Michael Tolan, Beatrice Manley, Quinn Cummings. Directed by E.W. Swackhamer. 78 min.

Housewife Harper vs. psychopath Romanus whom she had seen shooting a highway patrolman. Another relentless pursuit story that's resolved predictably by the fadeout. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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NIGHTMARE IN BADHAM COUNTY
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconDeborah Raffin, Lynne Moody, Ralph Bellamy, Chuck Connors, Tina Louise, Robert Reed, Della Reese, Lana Wood, Fionnuala Flanagan. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 100 min.

An exploitation drama about two comely UCLA hitchhikers tossed into a rural prison farm after spurring the advances of lecherous sheriff Connors. Stereotype acting; ditto for dialogue. Below average; also known as Nightmare. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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NO OTHER LOVE
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconRichard Thomas, Julie Kavner, Elizabeth Allen, Robert Loggia, Scott Jacoby, Frances Lee McCain. Directed by Richard Pearce. 100 min.

Sensitive drama focusing on the love affair of two mentally retarded young people. Thomas and Kavner's acting gives this one the edge over the similar Like Normal People. Above average.

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NOWHERE TO RUN
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconDavid Janssen, Stefanie Powers, Allen Garfield, Linda Evans, Neva Patterson, John Randolph. Directed by Richard Lang. 100 min.

Good yarn of Janssen's elaborate scheme to get his money-grabbing wife and the gumshoe she's hired off his back. Adapted by Jim Byrnes from Charles Eisenstein's novel The Blackjack Hijack. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ORDEAL
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconArthur Hill, Diana Muldaur, James Stacy, Macdonald Carey, Michael Ansara. Directed by Lee H. Katzin. 74 min.

Mohave Desert location shooting enhances this morality tale of a scheming wife (Muldaur) abandoning her broken-legged husband (Hill) in the wilderness. The film suggests profound themes but refuses to admit so. Average.

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ORPHAN TRAIN
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconJill Eikenberry, Kevin Dobson, Lina Manz, Graham Fletcher-Cook, Milissa Michaelsen. Directed by William A. Graham. 150 min.

Historical drama taken from Dorothea G. Petrie's novel dealing with a dedicated young social worker, a newspaper photographer, and a group of slum kids on their mid-19th-century railroad odyssey from Manhattan to new lives out West. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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OUTRAGE
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconRobert Culp, Marlyn Mason, Beah Richards, Jacqueline Scott, Ramone Bieri, Thomas Leopold. Directed by Richard T. Heffron. 78 min.

Local doctor (Culp) turns vigilante to deal with teen gang terrorizing his upper-middle-class neighbors. Or your average-outraged-citizen plot. Average.

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PAPER MAN
Mystery/Suspense, 1971
videos bullet iconDean Stockwell, Stefanie Powers, James Stacy, Tina Chen. Directed by Walter Grauman. 73 min.

College computer workers find themselves in an eerie situtation that begins innocuously with a credit card scheme. An excellent idea gone awry, thanks to a rotten script and indifferent acting. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE PEOPLE
Horror/Science Fiction, 1971
videos bullet iconKim Darby, Dan O'Herlihy, Diane Varsi, William Shatner, Laurie Walters. Directed by John Korty. 74 min.

A young teacher taking a job in a desolate area discovers she's got out-of-the-ordinary kids for students. Adaptation of Zenna Henderson novel leaves a lot to be desired, but the performances, the script's uneven qualities and atmosphere are still worthwhile. Above average sci-fi. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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PLANET EARTH
Science Fiction, 1974
videos bullet iconJohn Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Diana Muldaur, Johana DeWinter, Christopher Gary. Directed by Marc Daniels. 78 min.

Sci-fi fun as a future race of humans finds itself in combat with a sadistic matriarchy. A reworking of Gene Roddenberry's Genesis II (1973), though not as elaborate. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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PORTRAIT OF A STRIPPER
Drama, 1979
Lesley Ann Warren, Edward Herrmann, Vic Tayback, Sheree North, Allan Miller, K.C. Martel. Directed by John A. Alonzo. 100 min.

A young widow supports her son by stripping in a local nightclub, while fighting a custody battle with the boy's grandfather. Pure sleaze. Below average.

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THE POSSESSED
Horror/Science Fiction, 1977
videos bullet iconJames Farentino, Joan Hackett, Claudette Nevins, Eugene Roche, Harrison Ford, Ann Dusenbury, Diana Scarwid, Dinah Manoff. Directed by Jerry Thorpe. 78 min.

Supernatural drama with Farentino, a defrocked priest, called upon to do an exorcism at Hackett's exclusive girls' school. She keeps it from going off the deep end. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS
Action/Adventure, 1974
videos bullet iconAndy Griffith, William Shatner, Angie Dickinson, Janet Margolin, Robert Reed, Marjoe Gortner, Lorraine Gary. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. 100 min.

Mildly diverting "macho" flick about three advertising executives who are forced to join their sadistic client (Griffith) on a desert motorcycle trip. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconRuth Gordon, T.J. Hargrave, Lisa Richard, Brooke Shields, Marc Vahanian. Directed by Harvey Hart. 76 min.

Engaging tale of a pair of orphans living in a tree in Central Park and the lonely old lady who befriends them. Adapted from Evan Rhodes' ingratiating novel. Above average.

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QB VII
Drama, 1974
videos bullet iconAnthony Hopkins, Ben Gazzara, Juliet Mills, Leslie Caron, Edith Evans, Jack Hawkins, Lee Remick, John Gielgud, Dan O'Herlihy, Anthony Quayle. Directed by Tom Gries. 313 min.

Leon Uris's effective courtroom drama introduced the mini-series to a mass American audience, and like many of its successors, this one is a mixture of the soapy and the serious, the oversimplified and the genuinely compelling. The case is libel: The plaintiff is a respected Jewish doctor (Anthony Hopkins) and the defendant is an American author (Ben Gazzara) who painted him as a war criminal in a thinly disguised characterization in a novel. Based on a real suit brought against Uris after the publication of Exodus. Fine acting from all the principals, especially Jack Hawkins and Emmy-winner Anthony Quayle. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A QUESTION OF LOVE
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconGena Rowlands, Jane Alexander, Ned Beatty, Clu Gulager, Bonnie Bedelia, James Sutorious, Joycelin Brando. Directed by Jerry Thorpe. 100 min.

A top-notch cast enriches this sensitive fact-based drama by William Blinn about two lesbians and the custody battle one has with her ex-husband over their young son. Above average.

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RESCUE FROM GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Comedy, 1978
Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Schaefer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, Judith Baldwin. Directed by Les Martinson. 100 min.

videos bullet iconThe hapless TV castaways (with Baldwin replacing Tina Louise) return 14 years after washing ashore on their uncharted desert isle in the first of three pilots (including 1979's The Castaways on Gilligan's Island and 1981's The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island) to a prospective new silly-time series. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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RETURN TO EARTH
Drama, 1976
Cliff Robertson, Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Knight, Charles Cioffi, Stefanie Powers. Directed by Jud Taylor. 78 min.

Cliff Robertson is A-OK in this real-life drama of the breakdown of astronaut Buzz Aldrin after his 1969 moonwalk. Adapted by George Malko from the book Aldrin wrote with Wayne Warga. Above average.

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REVENGE
Drama, 1971
videos bullet iconShelley Winters, Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Carol Rossen, Roger Perry, Gary Clarke. Directed by Jud Taylor. 78 min.

Winters plots to avenge her daughter's rape by imprisoning the man she suspects of the deed in a cage in her basement. Shelley tears it up in Joseph Stefano's adaptation of Elizabeth Davis' novel, and John A. Alonzo's striking photography doesn't hurt one bit. Above average.

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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconJanet MacLachlan, Robert Christian, Claudia McNeil, Morgan Freeman, Rockne Tarkington. Directed by Jack Smight. 155 min.

A fiercely independent African-American family spearheads a boycott against a bigoted merchant who clandestinely heads a Klan-like organization in Depression-era Mississippi. A three-part television miniseries and unsuccessful pilot with an impressive cast, including an early Morgan Freeman role. Based on Mildred Taylor's 1976 award winning children's book. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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S.O.S. TITANIC
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconDavid Janssen, Cloris Leachman, Susan St. James, David Warner, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, Harry Andrews. Directed by William Hale. 105 min.

Stylish docu-drama about the oft-told sea disaster, mirroring the fictional elements of the 1953 movie Titanic and the meticulously detailed facts of the 1958 A Night To Remember, faithfully recreated here through James Costigan's multicharactered teleplay. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SARAH T. - PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconLinda Blair, Verna Bloom, Larry Hagman, William Daniels, Mark Hamill, Laurette Spang. Directed by Richard Donner. 100 min.

Young girl turns to liquor to escape family problems; Blair shows competence with another of the meaty roles that made her the most put-upon screen teenager of the 1970s. Average.

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SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
Drama, 1973 - Swedish
videos bullet iconLiv Ullman, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Jan Malmsjo, Anita Wall. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 168 min.

A passionate, probing and honest look at a marriage, its disintegration, and the relationship that follows. Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson are remarkable throughout this intimate and often painful portrait, originally made as six TV episodes and edited into feature-length by writer-director Bergman. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SCREAM OF THE WOLF
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
videos bullet iconPeter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug, Philip Carey, Don Megowan, Brian Richards. Directed by Dan Curtis. 78 min.

A predictable exercise in terror by Richard Matheson that has adventure writer Graves stalking a creature that has killed four people. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SEARCH FOR THE GODS
Action/Adventure, 1975
videos bullet iconKurt Russell, Stephen McHattie, Ralph Bellamy, Ramyond St. Jacques. Directed by Jud Taylor. 100 min.

Adventure drama involving an archeological dig in Pueblo territory and the discovery of a priceless medallion. Standard TV fare. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SERGEANT MATLOVICH VS. THE U.S. AIR FORCE
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconBrad Dourif, Marc Singer, Frank Converse, William Daniels, Stephen Elliott, Rue McClanahan. Directed by Paul Leaf. 100 min.

An earnest, worthwhile TV movie depicts a celebrated case of sexual discrimination, a no-win situation for an air force veteran who challenged the legality of Uncle Sam's bias against homosexuality. Brad Dourif is, for once, remarkably restrained and effective as a reluctant hero coming to grips with his sexuality and finding the courage to confront the homophobic attitude of the military establishment. Above average.



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SHARON - PORTRAIT OF A MISTRESS
Drama, 1977
Trish Van Devere, Patrick O'Neal, Janet Margolin, Gloria De Haven, Mel Ferrer, Sam Groom, Salome Jens, Gower Champion. Directed by Robert Greenwald. 100 min.

Drama of a woman's series of affairs with married men. A boring soap opera, though earnestly performed. Average.

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SHE LIVES!
Drama, 1973
Desi Arnez Jr., Season Hubley, Anthony Zerbe, Michael Morgotta, Jack Soo. Directed by Stuart Hagmann. 74 min.

A young college couple coping with news that she's contracted terminal disease; an inspirational love affair ensues. Too-obvious spinoff of Love Story. Jim Croce's hit "Time In a Bottle" is used in the soundtrack. Average.

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A SHINING SEASON
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconTimothy Bottoms, Allyn Ann McLerie, Rip Torn, Connie Forslund, Mason Adams. Directed by Stuart Margolin. 100 min.

Inspired stricken-athelete story based on that of college track star John Baker who, despite a terminal illness, devoted his final year of life leading an underdog girl's track team to the championship. Above average.

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SOLE SURVIVOR
Drama, 1970
videos bullet iconVince Edwards, Richard Basehart, William Shatner, Lou Antonio, Larry Casey, Patrick Wayne, Brad Davis, Dennis Cooney, Alan Cailou. Directed by Paul Stanley. 100 min.

Title refers to the central character, the only person to walk away from a suddenly discovered B-52 crash in the Libyan desert. Odd drama by Guerdon Trueblood, with Edwards' performance a hands-down winner. Above average.

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SOMEONE I TOUCHED
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconCloris Leachman, James Olson, Glynnis O'Connor, Andy Robinson, Allyn Ann McLerie, Kenneth Mars. Directed by Lou Antonio. 78 min.

Unbelievable melodrama about an architect, his pregnant wife, and a nubile young teenager who learn they have VD and try to figure out who gave it to whom. Cloris even sings the romantic title song! Below average.

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SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!
Mystery/Suspense, 1978
videos bullet iconLauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers. Directed by John Carpenter. 100 min.

Dandy thriller about a career woman who takes things into her own hands after being rebuffed by the police when someone begins stalking her. Carpenter also wrote the script; his first TV-movie (and first with Barbeau). Above average.

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SON-RISE: A MIRACLE OF LOVE
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconJames Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Michael Adams, Casey Adams, Glenn Jordan, Richard M. Rosenbloom. Directed by Glenn Jordan. 120 min.

Fact-based story of one family's efforts to save an autistic son who has been diagnosed as "unreachable" by medical experts. An award-winning television movie that takes place at the beginning days of understanding autism, and has been viewed by an estimated 300 million people worldwide. Based on the 1976 best-selling book by Barry Neil Kaufman. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE SPELL
Mystery/Suspense, 1977
Lee Grant, James Olson, Susan Myers, Lelia Goldoni, Helen Hunt, Jack Colvin, Barbara Bostock. Directed by Lee Philips. 78 min.

Occult thriller has an unloved teenager turning her supernatural powers on her tormentors. Merely a sanitized-for-TV Carrie and a poor substitute. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SPIDER-MAN
Action/Adventure, 1977
videos bullet iconNicholas Hammond, David White, Michael Pataki, Jeff Donnell, Lisa Eilbacher, Thayer David, Jeff Donnell. Directed by E.W. Swackhamer. 94 min.

So-so adaptation of the famed Marvel Comics character; grad student Nicholas Hammond is bitten by a radio-active spider, transformed into a superhero who climbs walls and thwarts a $50 million extortion plot. OK special effects; the kids may not mind the illogical plot. The once-in-a-while series followed. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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STOWAWAY TO THE MOON
Science Fiction, 1975
Lloyd Bridges, Michael Link, Jeremy Slate, Morgan Paull, James McMullen, John Carradine, Keene Curtis. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 100 min.

Delightful family-oriented tale about an 11-year-old rocket enthusiast (Link) who fulfills his life's dream by sneaking aboard a space capsule about to blast off. Above average.

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STRANGE NEW WORLD
Science Fiction, 1975
videos bullet iconJohn Saxon, Kathleen Miller, Keene Curtis, Martine Beswick, James Olson, Ford Rainey, Catherine Bach, Richard Farnsworth. Directed by Robert Butler. 78 min.

Sci-fi adventure with three astronauts returning to Earth after 180 years in suspended animation to find that scientists have developed eternal life by cloning. Warner Brothers' third attempt in as many years to launch a sci-fi series (following Genesis II and Planet Earth.) Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE STRANGER WITHIN
Horror/Science Fiction, 1974
videos bullet iconBarbara Eden, George Grizzard, Joyce Van Patten, David Doyle, Nehemiah Persoff. Directed by Lee Philips. 78 min.

Melodrama about a woman whose unborn baby begins to control her mind and body. Suspiciously reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby with offbeat touches added by writer Richard Matheson. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE STREETS OF L.A.
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconJoanne Woodward, Robert Webber, Michael C. Gwynne, Fernando Allende, Isela Vega. Directed by Jerrold Freedman. 100 min.

The strength is Joanne Woodward in this contemporary drama about a tenacious woman who goes alone into the L.A. barrio in pursuit of teenaged hoods who slashed her tires. Without her, the whole idea would be plain silly. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SUMMER OF FEAR
Horror/Science Fiction, 1978
videos bullet iconLinda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Ralph Bellamy, Carol Lawrence, Jeff East. Directed by Wes Craven. 100 min.

Linda Blair's not possessed this time, but she does have a witch as a guest. In this surprisingly effective TV shocker, an evil sorceress poses as a distant relative and sows seeds of dissension within a family, thus enabling her to dominate and then destroy the tight-knit suburban clan. A lean, nerve-racking thriller. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconKristy McNichol, Bruce Davison, Esther Rolle, Michael Constantine, Barbara Barrie. Directed by Michale Tuchner. 100 min.

Bittersweet romance of a Jewish teenager and an escaped Nazi POW in a small Georgia town during WW2. Loving if occasionally oversentimental, with an Emmy Award-winning performance by Esther Rolle as the family housekeeper. Based on Bette Greene's novel. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SUNSHINE
Drama, 1973
videos bullet iconChristina Raines, Cliff DeYoung, Brenda Vaccaro, Meg Foster, Bill Mumy, Lindsay Greenbush. Directed by Joseph Sargent. 130 min.

Penetrating character studies of a non-Establishment couple and the woman's doctor in the story of a terminal cancer case. But the deliberately slow-pacing, flashback approach hampers the lead performances. Songs by John Denver. Sequel: Sunshine Christmas. Above average.

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SUNSHINE CHRISTMAS
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconCliff DeYoung, Barbara Hershey, Pat Hingle, Eileen Heckart, Elizabeth Cheshire, Meg Foster. Directed by Glenn Jordan. 100 min.

A well-made sequel to Sunshine (1973) and the subsequent short-lived TV series. A charming, sincerely acted tale of how long-widowed DeYoung takes his adopted daughter Cheshire to meet his parents for Christmas and then falls in love with his childhood sweetheart. Above average.

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SURVIVAL OF DANA
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconMelissa Sue Anderson, Robert Carradine, Marion Ross, Talia Balsam. Directed by Jack Starrett. 100 min.

A pretty high school coed moves to a new town (in Los Angeles' suburban Valley) after her Prairie-esque parents break up and falls in with the wrong crowd. You've seen it all before. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SWEET HOSTAGE
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconLinda Blair, Martin Sheen, Jeanne Cooper, Lee DeBroux, Dehl Berti, Bert Remsen. Directed by Lee Philips. 93 min.

Drama about an escaped psychopath and the illiterate farm girl he drags to a deserted cabin to become her teacher, friend and lover. Performances of Sheen and Blair almost make this talky adaptation of Nathanial Benchley's Welcome to Xanadu worthwhile. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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SYBIL
Drama, 1976
videos bullet iconJoanne Woodward, Sally Field, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett, Jane Hoffman, William Prince. Directed by Daniel Petrie. 198 min.

An Emmy-winning psychological study of a young woman who, disturbed by childhood experiences, has developed multiple separate personalities. Field is remarkable in the title role and Woodward brings a special glow to the role of the psychiatrist. A fascinating but deeply disturbing drama. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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TAIL GUNNER JOE
Drama, 1977
Peter Boyle, John Forsythe, Heather Menzies, Burgess Merideth, Patricia Neal, Jean Stapleton, Ned Beatty, John Carradine. Directed by Jud Taylor. 144 min.

The rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy, with a stunning performance by Boyle. Gripping drama woven with author Lane Slate's bias. Above average.

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TERROR ON THE BEACH
Mystery/Suspense, 1973
videos bullet iconDennis Weaver, Estelle Parsons, Scott Hylands, Kristoffer Tabori, Susan Dey, Michael Christian, Henry Olek. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 74 min.

A middle-class family is harassed for no apparent reason during a seaside vacation. The plot's resolution is the weakest point of an otherwise interestingly directed thriller. Above average.

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THAT CERTAIN SUMMER
Drama, 1972
videos bullet iconHal Holbrook, Hope Lang, Martin Sheen, Joe Don Baker, Scott Jacoby, Marlyn Mason, James McEachin. Directed by Lamont Johnson. 74 min.

Divorcé Doug Salter (Holbrook) must find a way to discuss homosexuality with his son during one of their usual reunions in San Francisco. Outstanding performances by the entire cast in a sensibly scripted, carefully crafted film, well done by any medium's standards. A television landmark from the estimable producing/writing team of Richard Levinson and William Link. Above average.

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THURSDAY'S GAME
Comedy, 1974
videos bullet iconGene Wilder, Bob Newhart, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Martha Scott, Nancy Walker, Valerie Harper, Rob Reiner, Norman Fell, Richard Schaal, Dick Gautier, John Archer. Directed by Robert Moore. 100 min.

A sparkling adult comedy about pokerplaying buddies Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart and their marital and business problems. Absolutely tops with a dandy cast and a gloriously intelligent, often hilarious script by James L. Brooks. Filmed in 1971. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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TRAPPED
Mystery/Suspense, 1973
videos bullet iconJames Brolin, Susan Clark, Earl Holliman, Tammy Harrington, Robert Hooks, Ivy Jones, Bob Hastings. Directed by Frank DeFilitta. 74 min.

A man mugged in a department store awakens to find he's been locked in overnight, then is attacked by security dogs. Good premise gone awry, thanks to a faulty script and subplot. Average.

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THE TRIAL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD
Drama, 1977
videos bullet iconBen Gazzara, Lorne Greene, John Pleshette, Mo Malone, Frances Lee McCain, Lawrence Pressman, Marisa Pavan. Directed by David Greene. 210 min.

Intriguing courtroom drama from the "what if?" school of story-telling. John Pleshette is quite good as Oswald, who may or may not have been involved in any of the Kennedy assassination theories (including several that are quite bizarre), which are explored here. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE SCANDAL
Drama, 1979
Tom Bosley, David Dukes, Tovah Feldshuh, Janet Margolin, Stephanie Zimbalist, Lauren Front, Stacy Nelkin, Ted Wass, Charlotte Rae, Milton Selzer, Valerie Landsburg. Directed by Mel Stuart. 100 min.

How to turn a real-life catastrophe (the turn-of-the-century fire that revolutionized working conditions and fire regulations) into a perfectly dull soap opera. Average.

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TRIBES
Drama, 1971
videos bullet iconDarren McGavin, Jan-Michael Vincent, Earl Holliman, John Gruber, Danny Goldman, Richard Yniguez. Directed by Joseph Sargent. 74 min.

The D.I. updated for the anti-war era, with tough marine drill instructor Darren McGavin having his hands full with longhair Jan-Michael Vincent. An incisive mix of comedy, drama, and social comment, with an Emmy-winning script by Tracy Keenan and Marvin Schwartz. Shown theatrically overseas as The Soldier Who Declared Peace. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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TRILOGY OF TERROR
Horror/Science Fiction, 1975
videos bullet iconKaren Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes, James Storm, Gregory Harrison, Katherine Reynolds. Directed by Dan Curtis. 78 min.

Karen plays four tormented women in three exercises in the bizarre by writer Richard Matheson. Best: the third, "Prey," has a devil doll almost hounding her to death. This segment alone is worth your time. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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TRUE GRIT: A FURTHER ADVENTURE
Western, 1978
videos bullet iconWarren Oates, Lisa Pelikan, Lee Meriwether, James Stephens, Jeff Osterhage, Lee H. Montgomery, Ramon Bieri. Directed by Richard T. Heffron. 100 min.

The further adventures of True Grit's Rooster Cogburn, last seen in the theatrical release of the same name, put Warren Oates in the unfortunate position of trying to fill the Duke's boots in this busted series pilot. Average.

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THE TWO WORLDS OF JENNIE LOGAN
Mystery/Suspense, 1979
videos bullet iconLindsay Wagner, Marc Singer, Alan Feinstein, Linda Gray, Henry Wilcoson, Joan Darling. Directed by Frank DeFelitta. 100 min.

Stylish murder mystery/romantic drama taking place simultaneously in two centuries. Based on David Williams' Second Sight. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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THE UFO INCIDENT
Drama, 1975
videos bullet iconJames Earl Jones, Estelle Parsons, Bernard Hughes, Dick O'Neill, Beeson Carroll, Terrence O'Connor. Directed by Richard A. Colla. 100 min.

An absorbing, fact-based, semi-sci-fi drama tracing the story of a New England couple who claim to have been taken aboard a UFO and examined medically. Long on monologues, skimpy in action, it's kept afloat by the two leads and Hughes, the doctor who probes their memories. Above average.

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UNDERCOVER WITH THE KKK
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconDon Meredith, James Wainwright, Ed Lauter, Albert Salmi, Maggie Bly, Slim Pickens, Michele Carey. Directed by Barry Shear. 100 min.

Story by Gary Thomas Rowe, who was recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the KKK around the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march on Montgomery. Between the completion of this film and its first showing, Rowe was indicted for the murder of one of the Freedom Riders, forcing some re-editing, a new prologue, and an epilogue spoken by Robert Stack. Retitled The Freedom Riders. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A VACATION IN HELL
Mystery/Suspense, 1979
videos bullet iconPriscilla Barnes, Barbara Feldon, Andrea Marcovicci, Maureen McCormick, Michael Brandon. Directed by David Greene. 100 min.

Vacationers at a posh island resort wander into the jungle and face terror. Wow. Average.

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WHEN MICHAEL CALLS
Mystery/Suspense, 1971
Elizabeth Ashley, Ben Gazzara, Michael Douglas, Karen Pearson. Directed by Philip Leacock. 73 min.

Thriller-mystery of a mother receiving strange phone calls from a voice sounding like her dead son, with a subplot about divorce. Tame, predictable resolution in film that can't even build tension convincingly. Later released on home video under the title Shattered Silence. Written by James Bridges. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE?
Mystery/Suspense, 1974
Peter Graves, Verna Bloom, George O'Hanlon Jr., Kathleen Quinlan, Michael-James Wixted. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. 78 min.

Peter Graves and his family are among the survivors of a radiation explosion. An "end of the world" tale by Lewis John Carlino; unevenly spun, indifferently acted. Average.

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THE WINDS OF KITTY HAWK
Drama, 1979
Michael Moriarty, David Huffman, Tom Bower, Eugene Roche, Scott Hylands, John Randolph, Kathryn Walker. Directed by E.W. Swackhamer. 100 min.

Stunningly photographed but tediously talky dramatization about the Wright Brothers, their efforts to fly, and their feud with Glenn Curtiss and his patron, Alexander Graham Bell. Stacy and James Keach covered much of the same ground in half the time some years earlier in their production on public television. Off the ground, there's magic. Above average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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WINNER TAKE ALL
Drama, 1975
Shirley Jones, Laurence Luckinbill, Sam Groom, Joan Blondell, Sylvia Sydney, Joyce Van Patten. Directed by Paul Bogart. 100 min.

videos bullet iconDrama about a compulsive woman gambler. The cast doesn't cut it, but then the script doesn't offer much. Below average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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WINTER KILL
Drama, 1974
Andy Griffith, John Larch, Tim O'Connor, Sheree North, Nick Nolte, Elayne Heilviel, Charles Tyner, Louise Latham. Directed by Jud Taylor. 100 min.

Resort-town sheriff Griffith tracks murderer, who leaves spray-painted messages at the scene. Another Griffith pilot that failed to catch on. Average. Sequel: Deadly Game. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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A WOMAN CALLED MOSES
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconCicely Tyson, Will Geer, Robert Hooks, James Wainwright, Dick Anthony Williams, Jason Bernard, Hari Rhodes. Directed by Paul Wendkos. 200 min.

A dramatization of the life of Harriet Tubman, who founded the underground railway that helped fellow former slaves to freedom in the antebellum South. There's the expected exceptional performance by Tyson and the last work of Will Geer, but the whole project nearly goes down the tube because of an irrelevant narration provided by Orson Welles at his most imperious. Adapted by Lonne Elder III from Marcy Heldish's novel. Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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WONDER WOMAN
Action/Adventure, 1974
videos bullet iconCathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Ricardo Montalban, Andrew Prine, Charlene Holt, Richard X. Slattery. Directed by Vincent McEveety. 78 min.

Live-action cartoon -- the one that didn't make it -- about a superhuman female who uses her powers to stalk an elusive espionage agent. Set in present-day. Below average. Followed by The New, Original Wonder Woman and a TV series.

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YOUNG LOVE, FIRST LOVE
Drama, 1979
videos bullet iconValerie Bertinelli, Timothy Hutton, Arlen Dean Snyder, Fionnuala Flanagan, Leslie Ackerman. Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. 100 min.

The title tells all in this routine story that asks the nagging question: Should Valerie go "all the way"? Average. Buy the DVD/VHS at Amazon.com.

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ZUMA BEACH
Drama, 1978
videos bullet iconSuzanne Somers, Steven Keats, Michael Biehn, Mark Wheeler, Kimberly Beck, Perry Lang, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Hutton, P.J. Soles. Directed by Lee H. Katzin. 100 min.

A fading rock star becomes involved with high schoolers at a beach party. OK if watching Suzanne in a bathing suit is enough to keep you interested for 100 min. Co-written by John Carpenter! Average.

- excerpted from Leonard Maltin's TV Movies 1985-86 (New York: Signet, 1984).


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Rick Mosebay (Nov. 2021)

Although my recollection of the narrative is hazy at best, the main protagonist is a poor young boy who lives in the city (New York/Boston?) with his family, trying to cope with his unhappy childhood. His father is mentally (and physically?) abusive towards him and he is constantly bullied by kids in the neighborhood. The two scenes I vividly remember happen towards the end of the movie: (1) At his home, the boy's "friend" steals some of his baseball cards and (2) after having an abusive altercation with his father, the boy runs out of the house, into the street and is run over and killed by a passing automobile. Watching this sad story unfold as a young child, it had such a profound effect on my psyche at the time. I will always remember those emotions felt following the end credits roll.

IIRC, this TV movie was broadcast in the late summer, sometime in the mid-70s (guesstimating between 1973-1975).

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Robert Byers (Oct. 2021)

I am seeking the name of a made-for-TV 70s movie (airplane crash, teen-age daughter).

I distinctly recall a (possibly made-for-TV) movie having a scene in which a very proud teen-aged daughter of a man who often piloted a small aircraft was admiringly watching her father's airplane only to witness moments later the plane go out of control and crash. For some reason, I seem to recall the Nilsson song "Without You" playing either while the plane was going down, or immediately after it crashed.

I always thought the daughter might have been Lisa Gerritsen ("My World and Welcome To It"), but her filmography does not include a movie that fits my description.

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Grace Collins (Aug. 2021)

Hi,
I do a classic Hollywood podcast and I want to do a couple on these wonderful old 70's flicks. I've been looking for an expert that knows and loves these films to be a guest. If interested let me know..Thanks much!
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-stories-of-tinseltown/id1363744889

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Michelle R (Mar. 2021)

Good discussion - where do you go to expand your collection ? Have you tried 'TrueTvMovies? 'Loving the Classics'? 'Classic DVD World'? I don't want to be scammed.

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Sharon Gari (Dec. 2020)

I have been looking for this movie a long time. It was a made for TV movie (possibly LMN) about a woman who leaves her husband and kidnaps her young daughter and goes on the run for years with her. It takes place in the south. The woman cons and writes bad checks to survive and intermittantly actually works, but is eventually caught up with. Her daughter is sent back to her Grandma's house. Several years go by, the daughter is now grown and her Mom has been in prison but is finally released. She also has a terminal illness. In the end, Mom/Daughter have a good relationship. The title was like a children's poem. I think it was made in the late 70s. Mom was a blond, daugther was played by a famous child actress. I would love to see the movie again.

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glindathegood (Dec. 2020)

Hello, I am trying to find a 'Made for TV' film about a U.S. Ship that transported a number of WW2 refugees from possibly Portugal? I think is was primarily Jewish refugees. I remember a plot point being the birth on board causing trouble with 'allowed number of people, but by some chance an older person died, so the numbers would match. Does anyone know the name of this film and any other information about it? TYIA

JR (Jul. 2021)

Sounds like Voyage of the Damned.

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tamica jones (2020)

not sure if its a late 70's or 80's movie. but it was about 2 sisters who had to move with their drunk aunt after tragic accident with parents. They were poor one of the sisters would make her own clothes while the other one was simple didn't really care about her appearance but she liked to collect it was either glass bottles or tin cans cant really remember. Have been trying to find the name of this movie for years.

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CLMAZ (2020)

Mid-to-late 70s ('77-ish) made for tv, or B-movie. Couple moves to new location with contemporary decor. Executive and neglectful husband goes to work. Pretty and lonely wife meets elegant ghost and gets romantically involved. It's right here.... in the middle of my brain, but I can't pick it out. For some reason, I believe Mom wouldn't have wanted me to watch it.... she didn't like supernatural movies... so I must have been about 17, but I know it was on tv and couldn't be too erotic or violent.

Kim Sauln (2020)

It may be "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" ? Hope this helps.....

MadeForTV (2020)

I think that might be The Haunting Passion (1983) with Jane Seymour.

Protect Blue Lives (2020)

The House On Greenapple Road - 1970

CLMAZ (2020)

OMG... For years, I believed I was the only person who ever saw this movie. I've been trying to find it on streaming. I've found it listed online, but not on any streaming services I use. I believe it starred Christopher George as the man whose wife vanishes from their house on Green Apple Road.

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Heidi Carder (2020)

There was a movie I saw as a kid in the late 70s/early 80s on one of those late night programs, perhaps during the La Bries late night shows. I remember there being this large manor, maybe some type of institute or a school, in the country with huge green lawns and trees - almost like an English countryside manor. There were a bunch of young 20-somethings and one of the girls was blind. I am not sure if any of the others were. She end up getting stalked by a man. For some reason she is alone in the place; I can't remember itf it was because the others had left or if they were also killed. It seems that it looked like the movie was a late 60s early 70s. Sorry I know not much to go on but it is just snippets of memory that have stuck with me since I was a little girl. Thanks!

JR (Jul. 2021)

Sounds like See No Evil with Mia Farrow (1971-ish)

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Vernon Purvis (2020)

I remember a "After School Special" type of show (but, I don't think it was an After School School). It was about a twelve year old boy. He hurt his leg while sliding into a base during a game of baseball. An x-ray showed it was bone cancer. At first, the doctor thought he could just remove and replace that section of bone and save the leg. Later, he determined it would cause nerve damage and that he will have to remove the leg (I thought as a kid, so what if you have a limp!). He had to come to terms with losing the leg.

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Ebony Manley (2020)

Looking for good 70's stalker Movies

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whoopdedoodoo (2020)

Looking for a 70s movie that used to show on TV late at night in the 90s. It involved two very young people (young teens?) who fall in love and run off to try to be together, but can barely take care of themselves. It showed late at night on TV, and it was on the video shelf at my local video store. I don't remember what movie it was.

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jp (2020)

Looking for 60s era movie where a man in a taxi (england)? keeps coming up short to pay for his ride. Taxi driver goes all over with him so he can borrow money. Once or twice he almost makes it but the meter clicks over.

Also looking for a 70s era movie or anthology episode where two male castaways find beautiful young woman castaway. One guy kills the other over the girl. The girl later dies. When the sole survivor is rescued the rescuers exhume the bodies. The girl's grave is empty. She did not exist.

CLMAZ (2020)

I don't know what it is, but I wish I did. Sounds cool. I love it when someone who is there, is not really there. And movies about pictures or paintings that change. So, good luck. Hope you find it. :D

Lesli Rarick (2020)

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979) bette davis and gena rowlands. A+

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FASTPONY0803 (2020)

Found this and I'm going to give it a shot. I've had trouble finding a couple movies from the 70's. The first is a movie about a couple young guys in a hot rod that travel the roads looking for drag races from unsuspecting locals. They have a prototype intake manifold on their motor that they keep hidden. During the movie they run from the law and angry folks they cheated out of money. The other movie is a version of Robin Hood that had Robin join forces with the bandits in the forest to fight against the sheriff's men. Not an unusual plot but during the meeting of Robin and Lil John, Robin discovers that the staff's the men use are loaded with metal inside of the staff to re-enforce it's strength. That particular detail doesn't interest me much, but I'm using that as something that separates the movie from the other versions of Robin Hood.

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Anna (2019)

This is going to sound crazy, but I am looking for a TV movie or episode from 77/78/79. The only thing I can remember is small aliens crawling out of the TV and it scared my kid self to death. I can't find out what the name is or anything about it. Grateful to anyone who can help.

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Jon Narob (2019)

Trying to find the name of a movie that I think aired on a Friday on CBS in the spring of 1977. It involved two police officers who pretend to have been killed. Over the course of the film, they solve a crime only to really be killed at the conclusion. Any ideas?

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Kaletha Anderson (2019)

I'm looking for a tv movie in the 70's or 80's about a black man and a white man. They were friends in the rural south. The black boy ran away after an incident that he thought he would be blamed for. He returned many years later as a sheriff, but never let on as to who he really was. Only an old aunt that lived in the black rural area of town knew who he was. His friend did not recognize him, but felt a sense of familiarity. As sheriff he had many racial problems, especially from a town bully named Foxy. Eventually, everything was cleared up and the sheriff let it be known who he was. As kids the white boy had a horse and before the black kid ran away he told his friend "you must fed him a carrot everyday" At the end he repeated the sentence while giving the horse a carrot, letting his idenity be known. His friend recognized him, they laughed and embraced.

Randie Kirkley (2019)

This is Chiefs, based on the Stuart Woods book. It was a miniseries that aired in 1983. Billy Dee Williams and Stephen Collins were the friends.

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TheCat (2019)

An amazing list. I had to read through all of it looking for a film that I don't know the name of. Two young children, at the girl's Birthday party I believe. They get caught by a very religious mother who throws them both in the bath. The boy dies of pneumonia. I can't remember the name of the movie. It was in the 70's on TV. I remember it was a big beautiful house. lol

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Darla Renner (2019)

Hi....,im looking for movie probably in the 70s about a girl and boy who are dating and his parents don't approve of her, they're wealthy and she isn't. They're in a crash and she s disfigured and the boys mom visits her and tells her she'll pay for the surgery but she had to agree to never see her son again......

Godard (2019)

You are thinking of the 1979 feature film THE PROMISE starring Kathleen Quinlan and Stephen Collins.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Promise_%281979_film%29

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Victoria Soma (2019)

Hello, the movie I'm looking for is this: A blind girl lives in a mansion but her father hates her, because the mother died when she was born, and abuses her. A young man who escaped prition enters the commandment, meets her and falls in love, he murders the father and they flee to the countryside where they live in a store, I think. Some motorcyclists find them, beat the boy and she escapes, meets a woman in a cabin and she goes with the police. I do not remember the end very well, but it is not happy, I think it is from the end of the 70's early 80's, and I am sure that the title of the movie is the name of the girl, but I do not remember it. If you could help me it would be great. Thank you

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Dave E. (2019)

I'm looking for the names of a few TV movies from the '70s:

"Movie about a bar where married women go to have affairs. It breaks down into individual stories about the lives of the women

"Movie about a father in a New York City Italian neighborhood who becomes a vigilante, going after drug dealers. He goes to the mafia for help, fights a fast food restaurant owner who tries to stick his head in a vat of hot french fry oil, and finally blows up two dealers by dropping a bomb into their convertible from a rooftop while they're sitting in it

"Movie about a suburban family where the father gets addicted to cocaine.

I've been asking people about these movies for years... any help is much appreciated!

Roel Haanen (Dec. 2020)

The second movie is called Fighting Back (1982) by Lewis Teague.

John (2020)

The bar movie is Where the Ladies Go (1980) with Lisa Hartman, Earl Holliman, Candy Clark and Karen Black. A great TV movie but almost impossible to find.

Godard (2019)

Is the film about the father addicted to cocaine COCAINE: ONE MAN'S SEDUCTION starring Dennis Weaver (1983)? You can rent it on Prime Video.

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Michael Petronio (2019)

Need help trying to find a movie I saw as a kid. Cops raid the wrong house during a little kid's birthday party. The mom or dad is filming the party using a handheld movie camera. The cops mistake it for a gun and shoot up the place. Then they cover it up by lighting fire to the house.

Michael Petronio (2019)

Found it in the full list -- "High Midnight"

superseventies (Moderator) (2019)

Cool, glad we could help.

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whynot (2019)

Maybe it was a TV movie, or part of a series, not sure but:

Around 1978 I was vacationing in Waikiki and had to stay in one night due to illness. I turned on the TV and watched a show, a movie I'm pretty sure, about a serial killer in Waikiki targeting young female tourists. Yeah, it was creepy! Any ideas?

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saturnia777 (2019)

A movie I saw on TV in the mid to late 70 s had a woman who was kidnapped and held hostage in a van with a bomb on it with a timer set to explode. I kind of remember the van being parked in a parking lot outside a baseball stadium (maybe?). Anyway, I think the guys that were holding her hostage changed their mind and were trying to rush back to get her out of the van before it exploded but they were too late and I think it exploded anyway. Sorry that s all I remember but it s driving me crazy trying to figure out what movie it was?! Thanks for any help!

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james (2019)

I know I sound crazy. I am looking for a particular elderly actress. There was an early 70's, made for TV movie about a young woman who would enter the lives of widows, gain their trust, rob them blind and leave them dead.
Don't remember the name of the movie and thought the actress was K. Black (I was wrong).
This particular older heavyset actress had a heavy southern accent with a high pitched voice.
I believe the TV movie was in the early 70s. Any ideas?

DropOut DriveIn (2019)

Sounds a bit like 1974 TvMovie "Betrayal" Tisha Sterling plays young woman who gets jobs as companion to elderly women, up to no good with her boyfriend Sam Groom, and Amanda Blake plays their latest victim. It's a good 70's TvM! Never officially released on dvd, I'm lucky to have original/OOP Vhs release and 16mm film print that I also collect :)

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Christina (2019)

I am looking for the movie about a teenage girl that falls in love with an up and coming rock star. They even had an album released of the soundtrack. The rock star was really a singer/musician and this was his only hit.

saturnia777 (2019)

Sooner or Later, with Rex Smith?

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Sabrina (2018)

Buster and Bille (heartbreaking).
A Girl Named Sooner
Sounder

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Roberto Morrone (2018)

Great work, SuperSeventies!!! Most of them, I watched on open TV during those great times, when it was everything we had, especially during the 70's. VHS Recorders were released here, in Brazil, only in 1982, by Sharp, and, in that specific year, it used to cost a lot of money, difficult to buy for middle class famlilies, such as mine. The first one I bought, got me so excited, that I had, during a time, more than 20 videoclub membership cards. Cable TV arrived here, only in 1991, and satellite dish operators, only in 1996, when I subscribed DirecTV and became a fan, still more enthusiast for classic movies.

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Joy Broyles (2018)

I am looking for a period movie about a young man and his friend/servant locked in his castle's dungeon. His ancestors, are pictured in one portrait together. After he is locked up they come to life and help him get out and search for something (the princess maybe). Every time they come to a hardship one of his ancestors dies. By the end they have all reappeared in the painting and the young man has completed his quest,

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Movie Guy 24/7 (2018)

Looking for a TV movie that aired circa 1974-75. I don't know what it was called but the ad showed parents fighting and a little boy crying on the backyard steps. It aired on a weeknight, probably on Wednesday, I want to say on CBS. I would love to find it. I hope you can help. Thanks! If you know what it is, you can contact me on the Movie Guy 24/7 FaceBook page. My name is George.

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Cathy Rodriguez (2018)

Looking for the movie around 70's made for tv about these children who were left orphaned in a foriegn town because these soldiers killed their parents in a line up and were massacured. The kids went into the woods and witnessed their parents being executed. Think there is an American hero type but the leader of the kids doesn't like the hero. Think the young leader of the group was of french decent. Can't remember who played the hero or the name of this movie!

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rvl214 (2018)

Looking for a made for tv movie 1970's through early 80s maybe? Young lady being convinced by family she is going crazy. At the end she thinks some man is killed, then he appears to her in the kitchen/dining area (I believe he's wearing a jean jacket). She thinks he is a ghost. She's terrified. She shoots him and really kills him this time. It was all a set up to drive her insane.

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JMIII (2017)

I remember one of those cheap, late night movies where an investigator is called in about the death of an astronaut aboard a space station. It turns out that he was hypnotized into thinking he was in a simulator and he just walked out into space. Anyone remember the title or any stars?

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WilloughbyBucksworth (2017)

Gruffimus Prime said:
1970s. Could be a tv movie, or an episode of some series.

Old guy invites people to dinner. Says, let's pretend we are in a lifeboat-and have to choose which people to remove from the boat-those that are rejected have to leave the room. So they go around with the game and the people who have to leave are very upset about it. At the end, the old guy and two young people are left in the room. The old guy excuses himself, leaving only the two young people-and then we see them on a shoreline emerging from a lifeboat. The end. It's not Ten Little Indians AFAIK.

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Jonathan Swanson (2017)

I think I just discovered the alphabetized listings... I did NOT notice that before... Thanks!!!!

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Jonathan Swanson (2017)

Another great one I just found on YT... "A Taste of Evil", 1971... starring Barbara Stanwyck, William Windom, Barbara Parkins, Roddy McDowell... A TOTAL thriller-chiller...

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Jonathan Swanson (2017)

There's one glaringly obvious missing from this list... "The Initiation of Sarah", 1978, starring Morgan Fairchild, Kay Lenz, and Shelly Winters... It's "Carrie" set on Sorority Row on a college campus... And actually the production for the most part doesn't even have the feel of a TV movie... It comes across like a Film... I just watched on YT, and found it to be a real chiller...

superseventies (Moderator) (2017)

Thanks for the feedback I have added that one (in the expanded list).

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Susan (2017)

Hi anyone remember a movie about a young teen and the child she watches who witness a deadly hit and run by a teacher at her school who she later finds out is her father. He coerces her into keeping it secret but the child starts saying things and the teen begins to worry about the little girl's safety. It ends with some kind of boat competition and when the teacher/father knocks the child into the water and into the path of a speeding boat, the teen jumps in to save her. The teacher/father jumps in to save the teen/daughter and is killed. I think it was based on a book. Does it ring a bell?

WilloughbyBucksworth (2017)

This sounds like a Tales From The Darkside or similar episode.

Susan (2017)

Dear Willoughby, thank you, will check out those episodes. I remember reading a book in the 60's and then catching the end of a movie and recognizing the story, knowing what was coming next, but not catching the title. Think it was on TBS or a channel like that. Driving me nuts. Love your David Niven picture.

WilloughbyBucksworth (2017)

I'll also keep an eye out, I've been having to go through the entire Alfred Hitchcock Presents catalog looking for a "Woman in disguise gets recognized on a train" plot. (Sigh)

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martin fennell (2017)

my reviews of some of those made-for-tv movies:

And your name is Jonah
"Warm and touching drama with excellent performances. 6/10

A christmas to remember
"highly sentimental tale. good performances help it over the rough spots" 6/10

Birth of the beatles
Over here in ireland. Birth of the Beatles was released in cinemas.
"Enjoyable film about the early career of the fab four.Pretty good acting.. Mckenna as Lennon gets more of a look in than the others. The group Rain do a pretty good interpertation of the songs. 6/10

Brian's song
Sensitive. Of course it has cliches. but it's very well acted, and seldom if ever is it depressing. 8/10

Evil Roy Slade

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dana5570 (2017)

How could you not include Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night?

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superseventies (Moderator) (2017)

Please people be aware there are over 1,000 additional TV movies listed in the alphabetized pages. It is not practical to list them all on a single page.

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Louis Schmidt (2017)

Hello, I am looking for the title of a late 1970s - early 1980s tv movie, it featured an American family and had an adult daughter that had a wannabe musician boyfriend, she later gets pregnant and commits suicide. Please help, I would desperately like to see this movie again. Thank you

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Elizabeth Leaman (2017)

Hi,

I am after the name of 2 movies if possible, filmed in the 1970's or 1980's.
The first one is a movie about 2 children that are in a house that is swept away into a river, the children are upstairs, and they realise that there is a wild cat or cats (cougar, lion?) downstairs.
The second one is about a man driving up a road and a lady comes out from the side of the road covered in blood. A killer is after her and may have killed her husband.
You don't actually see the killer, but the man in the car tries to find him, and the man and the killer are in and out of old barns. I think that the man does eventually kill the murderer. It is not science fiction or horror, more suspense - along the lines of Dune.
This movie was shown in Australia as a movie of the day, or something along these lines. I think it was a made for tv movie, and the man in the car was dark haired, and my have been a well known star.
Please, please help. Information about these movies are driving me crazy.

dana5570 (2017)

Ooh, I know the first one. It's called Cougar I think, from the early 80s.

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hal09i (2017)

How about this: TV Movie from the early to mid 70's I think --about a woman whose revived from suspended animation. She was a young woman from the late 1930's I think.

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manuelroyal (2016)

Great list. I'd like to add:

The Challenge (1970)
Death Takes A Holiday (1971)
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Isn't it Shocking? (1973)
Message to My Daughter (1973)
Murder By Natural Causes (1979)
Savages (1974)
Shirts/Skins (1973)

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Bright Futures Men's Rehab Pro (2016)

That Certain Summer was an interesting movie and very controversial for the time. I always wondered if the character who played the son has a substance abuse issue? There's a lot of information on substance abuse and the LGBTQ community at the brightfuturestreatment site.

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olivia (2017)

"movie i saw as a teenager about a young woman who is overweight and a handsome guy takes a liking to her i think they end of moving in together but its a back and forth thing. its about her weight and the struggle in the relationship about it"

Maybe this is Baby Cakes - 1989 television movie starring Ricki Lake and Craig Sheffer

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Marc Andrew Connery (2016)

Mid 70's tv mystery movie - tv studio bald musician in whiteface gets murdered, later found out to be another guy killed, head shaved and painted to look like the musician. Later the musician gets killed for real.

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ChickenHunter (2016)

I'm looking for an early 70s made for TV movie about this rich young guy that decides to go like to the jungles in two 6 wheel amphibious ATVs with his friends. The ATVs were like like the GI Joe Adventure team ones, and looks for a lost city or lost treasure. he turns out to be a jerk or something. I was a very young so barely remember the details about ti but i remember my brother having that GI Joe ATV and i liked the movie because of it.

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David Aaron Kowalski (2016)

question: a tv series where, in one of the episodes , a baseball player loses a hand in an accident and a killer's is implanted.... late 70's or early 80's in the style of twilight zone or tales of the unexpected... in color .......... any ideas? thanx

Rafe (2017)

Tales of the Unexpected (1977) Episode: A Hand for Sonny Blue

"Major league baseball pitcher Sonny Blue looses his right hand in a traffic accident and successfully undergoes a limb transplant operation. The surgery is quick to heal, but Sonny discovers that to his horror the hand seems to have a will of its own. (Originally titled 'A Hand for Sonny Gray.')"

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0717412/

David Aaron Kowalski (2017)

oh man so grateful. i think it might be it... only problem is it aint available.. can you believe it...thanx a bunch anyway

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harrison_1 (2016)

In the late 1970s while still a young boy growing up in Australia, I recall seeing a tiny part of what was either an American movie, Telemovie or even just a American TV show on the TV. What caught my attention was a scene in which a young women or teenage girl was having a party at her house to presumably celebrate her birthday. During proceedings a bunch of thugs crash the party and assault the young lady. One of the thugs said "SO THIS IS THE PARTY GIRL AH" and then proceeded to rip the dress she was wearing. Just as things were getting hot an old man (possibly her father or grandfather) comes down stairs with a shotgun and threatened the thugs until they left. Unfortunately, not long after that my mother turned the TV off and I never ever saw anymore of it. I think the scene was probably too strong or explicit to have been in any U.S soap Opera at the time, so I can hopefully discount it from being in an old soap episode that will never be seen again. But for too many years now I've wondered what that TV show/Movie was. Does it at all sound familiar to anyone and do they know what this 1970 s show/movie it could have been?

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Lil' L (2016)

Looking for a tv movie from the mid to late 70s where a mother and father decide to abandon their kids at a gas station because they were too poor to take care of them. The idea was that the kids would be put into foster homes where they would get better care and then the parents would return to find them after they got back on their feet again. There were about 5 or 6 kids from ages 6 to 17 and they had to learn how to survive on their own. I didn't get a chance to watch it all the way through.

Wendy Sparkman (2017)

Broken Promise - 1981.

Lil' L Lil' L (2018)

Thank you!

Lil' L Lil' L (2016)

The two older siblings decided they didn't want to end up in foster care because they didn't want to be broken up so they figured out a way to live together on their own until they got caught.

Tracye Chitwood (2017)

It almost sounds like the TV show "Party of Five"

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James Bond (2016)

Where is THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLES????- probably the best made for TV sci-fi movie of the 70s.

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T Hussein (2016)

I'm looking for a made for tv movie about a girl whose mother put her in a cage and that's where she grew up till she was rescued. A woman tried to help her to speak and recover from the trauma. They ended up in court for custody and the young girl spoke her first words to the woman who helped her saying '...please don't go' . I remember watching it in the 80's or early 90's. Anyone know the name?

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JonCoKY (2015)

I'm looking for a movie about a family of scientists/explorers who venture into the mountains to find Sasquatch. Wasn't a horror movie though. They were more like conservationists trying to protect Bigfoot. It was almost a tear-jerker. Anyone remember this?

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David Aaron Kowalski (2015)

been trying to find a tv movie that terrified me as a kid in the 70s... all i can remember is trucks and machines coming alive by themselves at the end of the movie... anyone have a clue what it is?

Bill Sherry (2016)

maximum overdrive

David Aaron Kowalski (2016)

thanx bill.. it aint maximum overdrive though... probably the one i saw was an influence on king... i was probably 6 or 7 y/o ... so thats 1976/77

Bill Sherry (2016)

I believe overdrive was early 80's

Rafe (2017)

Maximum Overdrive was 1986, so probably not that.

My guess would be the 1974 made for TV movie, "Killdozer!"

NYC1977(2016)

Only thing I can think of like that was Killdozer maybe? (1974)

David Aaron Kowalski (2016)

jeez awesome thanx i'll give it a watch when i can... it might just be it very grateful thanx

WilloughbyBucksworth (2017)

Was it that movie?

jp (2020)

maximum overdrive?

superseventies (Moderator) (2020)

According to my source Maximum Overdrive was remade into a cable movie called Trucks but that was in 1997.

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Mark O'Realius (2015)

Anyone remember a movie...I think it had a carny setting...about a woman who coud turn into a vicious big cat (cougar, leopard?) and kills people?

Ronald (2015)

The Cat Creature with Meredith Baxter Burney?

David Aaron Kowalski (2016)

cat people? theres a 40's and a 70's, 80's version with nastasja kinski, carnival thing doesn't fit but maybe...

Mark O'Realius (2016)

Thanks. I know those films...but this a 70s made for TV movie all the way.

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Jair Mello (2015)

Please help me. I'm looking for a made for tv movie, either (late 70s to early 80s) about a pregnant woman and her baby who was promised to the devil without her knowing. A scene at the beginning of the film, she shows almost running over a person with rain hood over his head. He was a man with his face all white, follower of the satanic cult.

She moves to a small town that is her husband's family (looks like the actor Richard Dean Anderson), which is an accomplice to everything. There she discover the rituals and decides to run away. The entire city, including the police, are part of the cult.

On the trail, she enlists the help of a young native american (looks like Lou Diamond Phillips) who lives on site and is not part of the group of worshipers fanatics. Someone know this movie?

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Vernon Purvis (2015)

Another horror movie from the 1970s drive-in. A woman was kidnapped and buried alive with only a pipe leading down to where she was buried. At the end I remember a small child was dropping M&Ms into the pipe to "feed" her.

NYC1977 (2016)

I believe that is "The Longest Night" (1972) with David Janssen. I don't remember the M&Ms part, but a rich guy's daughter was kidnapped and placed in a coffin with an air vent and food etc, to keep her alive for seven days. Also based on a true story too.

Donna (2015)

The movie you're thinking about may be "83 Hours til Dawn".

Susan Donna (2017)

Yes it is. I read the book and it is an account of a true crime.

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Vernon Purvis (2015)

I remember a horror movie during the late 1970s at the drive-in. There was a man hiding in a box in this couples bedroom. In the middle of the night he crept out and with a syringe drug the woman to make sure she did not awake. He then proceeded to saw off the mans head. In the morning she woke up and shook her husband to awake him and his head rolled off onto the floor.

There were a lot of "crazy" movies on at the drive-in during the 70s

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Mattwo (2015)

Where's Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies?

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Vernon Purvis (2015)

I remember a made for TV movie, I think from the 1970s, about an alcoholic father and the effect on his family?

superseventies (Moderator) (2015)

Could have been The Morning After with Dick Van Dyke, one of many.

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disqus_KWU60cJyEZ (2015)

In the late seventies or early eighties, I saw a TV movie about 1950's gang warfare in NY (not West Side Story). The dance scenes were incredible. Ring any bells? There were several references to Sugar Ray Robinson as a hero to the young toughs.

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Mona (2015)

I am looking for a movie a mother who was fighting an addiction, she had two or three young children, a brother who would always come and save the children from neglect, the children finally decided they want to live with the uncle, children ride away in car music playing West Virginia Mountain mama take me Home. I thought mother was Kay Lenz.

always dlp (2015)

In the Best Interest of the Children with Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Pack 580 (2015)

I've been trying to find a movie that I saw in the early 70s that I believe was a made for TV movie. It was about a ski resort full of socialites who get trapped in a storm. A bus or transport of prisoners get stranded there too, and a little girl disappears into the snow. I don't recall any of the stars, but I'd love to know the name so I can look it up.

Rosalyn (2015)

It's not the Rock Hudson/Mia Farrow 1978 movie Avalanche, is it?

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Denisetrice Simms (2015)

I am looking for a movie that aired in the late 70s or 80s about an Indian lady tell her story about her life that live to be 100 years old. I believe the lady's name was "Lone Walker". In the movie, she had been taken away from her Indian tribe and foster by another tribe were she fall in love with a one of man in the tribe. She get married and has a child which later on the movie are both murdered by some white settlers from an ambush attack. In later years, she was taken care by a young couple who she tells her tragic story too. I believe the movie aired on NBC as a mini-series. I would love to find this movie.

Nina Gonzalez (2016)

the legend of walks far woman (1982) maybe?

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Michael (2015)

Does anyone remember the Movie (or possibly short) that came out Early 70's about a man stuck in a Telephone box and try as they might, nobody can get him out?. At first it plays like a comedy as various passer by, including Big muscle bound types try and fail to break him Free. Eventually An open back truck turns up and the man is loaded onto the back by Two Men who drive through the City with this poor Fella on view in the Glass box for all to see and laugh at. The Truck heads out of the City into the country only to eventually end up at the door to a Huge warehouse. The Doors slide open. The Truck drives in and then We and He are Met with the horror of what awaits him. Contrary to Him being there to be broken out, He is there to Die. Placed on the floor beside a collection on Similar Phone boxes, all filled with poor souls in Various stages of Dying. Some have Strangled themselves with the phone cord while other are close to death. It ends With the mans look of horror as He hammers on the Glass. Watching this at the age of Twelve, Scared The Living Hell out of Me. Anyone any idea What The Hell! i'm on about?.

Rosalyn Michael (2015)

The Spanish short "La Cabina" from 1972. Plays out just like you described. Probably difficult for you since it's a foreign 25-minute piece!

superseventies (Moderator) (2015)

I don't remember seeing it but it sounds really cool. Could have been the inspiration for Phone Booth (2003) with Colin Farrell.

Michael (2015)

That's a Good point.I hadn't thought of that.I remember the whole thing being practically silent,that is of course except the sounds of traffic and laughing,but nobody spoke.It really sent You down the wrong path with making you think it was going to be some Whacky Comedy type thing and then BLAM!!!!! Hit You at the end with that Horrible image.

Then again, wasn't Phone Booth Scripted By Larry Cohen? The Master Of 70's Grindhouse! The Stuff (not A good example that was 80's) But The "Its Alive" Trilogy and numerous Blacksploitation Flicks?. Didn't He also do the Return to Salem's Lot TV Movie? Or am I wrong about that being for TV?.

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Daniel Folts (2015)

There is a early 1970's TV movie (not Twisted Nerve) about a woman who is held hostage in her own house and tries to escape when her date suddenly relapses into a violent metal illness and refuses to let her go. The cops are called midway thru the movie and there is a standoff. Very creepy. What was the name of it?

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Christopher Williams (2015)

Looking for a TV movie 1970s based on a true murder event. Movie involves teenagers and one older guy age 23 (Skipper? or Captain) who hang around Swimming pool etc in California? Older guy is eventually convicted of murder of girl beauty. Any ideas?

Roel Haanen (Dec. 2020)

Hope I'm not too late with my answer. The movie you're looking for is called The Todd Killings (1971), based on the Charles Schmid case. In the movie he is called Skipper Todd. It's a good movie.

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roy (2015)

When I was a kid around 1970's I was watching a movie but I do not remember the title. It is a family movie about a boy was born with a lack of immunity system and he must live in a sterile room/chamber. Finally, he tried to escape from its room and try to go home although he does not know where his house is. Finally he reached his parents' house but he is dying because of no immune defense system and he died and hug by both his daddy and mom in their arms. I tried to find out this movie but what I got is only "THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE". This is not the movie that I am looking for because the boy lived and died in his age perhaps around 5-7 years old. He is not as big as John Travolta who is playing in "THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE", he is just a little boy when he died. I always think about this movie and hard to forget it. Do you mind to help me; do you know about this movie? If you know could you tell me the title of this movie, please? Thank you so much. - Roy -

Rafe (2017)

My guess would be the 1978 Italian film, "Questo slcheË amore".

Film Description, "A child without antibodies in the blood lives in a glass cage. His parents are getting a divorce and Christmas Eve decides to run away from the hospital."

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kbelle80 (2015)

I'm looking for a made for tv movie, either (late 70s to early 80s) about a young man that goes missing and his family is looking for him. They find out that he hitch-hikes in a van driven by two men who end up killing him in the woods. Anyone know what this one is?

superseventies (Moderator) (2015)

Try Into Thin Air. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089345/

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Marge (2015)

Looking for a TV movie about 1976 to 1978 I think was the time frame it came on. It was about teenagers. Main character was named Babs. They played the song Dreams by Fleetwood Mac as the theme.

Nina Gonzalez (2016)

forever (1978) maybe?

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RobotB-9 (2015)

Looking for a mid to late 70's movie about ufo's. The opening scene had a flat saucer (humped up in the middle like Hoss Cartwright's hat) flying over the ocean, then diving into it towards an underwater pyramid I think. There is a rogue alien they have to find, and they enlist the help of some genius scientist and another man. As the saucer flies out of the solar system, the scientist watches the planets come up and the aliens tap into his brain to gather info on each planet, like mass, so they can properly use each planet's gravity to hurl them out of the solar system to catch the bad alien. I saw it as a teenager, and the name has eluded me ever since.

mattmcirvin (2016)

That's "Starship Invasions," a Canadian movie from 1977 with Christopher Lee (as the alien villain) and Robert Vaughn.

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Jay (2015)

I am looking for a late 70's movie about a man who breaks out of prison and kidnaps the men who testified against him and had him sent to prison. He takes them out to the woods and leaves them there where they must survive on their own. One of the men was stripped to the waist and tied down to a rock under the hot sweltering sun. Dennis Weaver or Ronny Cox were in this movie. Does anyone remember this movie?

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RenÈe K. Walker (2014)

I am looking for a movie or mini-series from the 1970's that I think was part of the Sunday Night Movie type thing, but not positive. It was based on a true story about two sisters kidnapped from a Texas farm by Comanches. The sisters were rescued eventually, but one sister was traumatized and didn't do well. The other sister actually missed her Comanche family and no longer fit in with her White family. She returned to the tribe and lived with them and raised children staying with her husband until the Comanches were decimated by soldiers.

Mike P (2019)

The Searchers

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Rhonda Thompson (2014)

im looking for a movie in the 70s about a young girl who retarded that a young couple is trying to adopt her

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afroviking (2014)

I am looking for a movie that I think was from either 60's, 70's or early 80's. It was about a couple that each year met up at a hotel , I think in either greece or Italy, once a year. They dies in a car crash, drove off a cliff and the mans son and womans daughter came to the hotel, found out about this tradition that their both married parents had been having. and as they uncover more they also fell in love and continued the tradition.. Please help.. bugging the heck out of me

Doon (2015)

The movie is called Avanti with jack Lemmon 1970

disqus_KWU60cJyEZ(2015)

Is this "Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda?

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LaJeann (2014)

I have been looking for a movie I watched on TV in the 70's or 80's I know the title of the movie had the word PROMISE in it about a man who's wife died leaving him to raise his 4 boys which became too much for him and he was unable to care for them and therefore they were taken away from him which broke his heart. The boys were sent to foster care and I believe adopted out. As they got older and reached adulthood, each boy one by one found there father and was reunited with him. it was a real tear jerker. Can anyone PLEASE help me with this one.

Amy (2015)

That is "After the Promise" with Mark Harmon. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGJpOZpYHkw

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nope (2014)

Searching for a film about an institutionalized bullied orphan who befriends a native american but later hangs himself

theres a scene in the film when the kid pours a mountain of salt into his food as other kids jeer at him and he then tosses the food into his bullies' eyes.

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Brooke (2014)

My grandpa is telling me about a movie he saw because he couldn't get into animal house when it was in the theaters. So he saw a movie instead where it's a teacher and there are a lot of flashbacks of her life and she's a prostitute, he's not sure if it's while she's a teacher still. The title is more than one word. He's even calling the friends he saw it with 40 years ago to try and figure it out and they don't remember the name either. Anyone know what this could be? He said it's the only movie he ever walked out on also (lol)

Brooke (2014)

We figured it out....Searching for Mr. Goodbar

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Mitch (2014)

I am looking fo a 70's movie. People live in paradise. But discover they never age. When they leave they age immediately and die

Doon (2015)

The lost horizon I think. 1973

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Ms StoneMaven (2014)

I'm looking for a 70's movie or TV show about a group of people who are either in a commune or group therapy out in the country who get preyed on by werewolves. (All I really recall is an ethnically mixed group lounging around on a treehouse platform talking?) The group gets picked off one by one. The leader/psychologist falls for a young woman from a neighboring farm and at the end of the movie she asks him to read bible verses over the graves at the back of her family's home. She tells him that no matter what he hears, he mustn't stop reading and he mustn't turn around. Cue growling and howling as he reads in broad daylight. After he finishes, he turns and the family and their farmhouse is gone. The final scene as I recall it is him standing there shouting, "Where is the house?!?" Anyone else remember this?

Zona Gardner (2015)

Sounds like a Night Gallery episode w/ David Caradine and David mcCallan.

TVDweeb (2014)

That's an episode of Night Gallery called The Phantom Farmhouse. David McCallum and David Carradine.

Ms StoneMaven (2014)

THANK YOU SO MUCH! This has been driving me nuts for a long time.

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Eileen Penland (2014)

i'm looking for 3 very hard to find movies i watched as a child in the 70s. 1st about flight 19 and other bermuda triangle survivors living on an island with no way to leave. 2nd very end of movie shows couple in some sort of loft and devil comes and takes them. shows fire and pitch fork. (very scary) 3rd at the end of movie the house disappears maybe something to do with aliens (this one came on the sci fi channel in the early 80s)

Denise Melchor (2016)

You should go to IMDB the "I Need To Know" message board. They usually solve this unknown movie mysteries. Good Luck!

RobotB-9 (2016)

Carrie or poltergeist?

Eileen Penland (2015)

no i have both of these. thank you anyway. i guess i will never know.

Joe Tonigh (2014)

I believe the third movie is called The Day Time Ended. A solar powered house gets sucked into a time warp. A little alien creature, the usual monsters, a flying vacuum cleaner type thing. Nothing at all like the movie poster.

Eileen Penland (2014)

i recently watched that one on roku. i was excited i thought that might be it. but it was'nt. the one i'm thinking of seemed like late 70s maybe even 80. any ideas about the others. at the end it was like the house folded in or collapsed on the ground then disappeared.
thank you so much.

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Penney Taylor (2014)

I'm looking for a movie about a young woman who must take daily shots; it turns out she was really born as a male, and his family members are giving him hormone shots. I hope someone has heard of this movie, or else I have one wild imagination. Thanks!

glacken (2014)

Sleepaway Camp

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bridget (2014)

I am looking for a 70s or 80s movie about a girl in high school who gets pregnant by a boy and he leaves her

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NW (2014)

I'm looking for a 70's movie I saw when I was very young and don't remember the plot very well, but I believe it was about a man who was born with problems and spent all his life in coma in a hospital. One day the doctors manage to wake him up and he has to learn everything like a baby, only he's a grown up man. He escapes the hospital and a woman has to go after him. I'm not sure this is the right plot, but I clearly remember a scene where he was in a train and sees a woman with an apple, and he behaves like a child saying "apple", scaring the woman. I've been looking for this film for years, but nobody seems to know about it. Can anybody help, please?

Edi Marchen (2014)

This could be the Terence Stamp movie the Mind of Mr. Soames 1970

NW (2014)

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It took me almost 40 years looking for this film. I can't thank you enough. I had asked for help in many other forums, but nobody had ever heard of it. And I didn't know anything about the title or the cast. It was just a memory from my childhood. Thanks to you I could finally watch it again.

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Al Rivera (2014)

I'm looking for a made for tv miniseries about a man who built ships. Married to a woman who's father owned a major bank. All of this takes place in San Francisco.

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Ben Oldtimer (2014)

I saw in 1971 or 72, when I stayed in the USA, a movie on TV about a teacher who went to work. In a remote village After a while she discovers that the resident can fly.
Anyone have an idea? Greetzz Ben Oldtimer - the Netherlands.

Ms StoneMaven (2014)

You're looking for The People. Based on Zena Henderson's _The People_, and _The People - No Different Flesh_. It's available on youtube.

hrh40 (2014)

"The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel," starring Lindsay Wagner, Jane Wyman, James Woods, and a guest appearance by Dorothy McGuire.

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frances (2014)

I am looking for a made for tv movie called off the Minnesota strip with mare winningham and also a made for tv movie with a anti-hitchhiker theme with Dominique dunne

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