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All the Kind Strangers (1974)

A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held by a a group of orphans who want them to become their parents. Unfortunately, the kids have a habit of killing adults who refuse that particular honor.

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Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Clyde Ware
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stacy Keach ... Jimmy Wheeler
Samantha Eggar ... Carol Ann
John Savage ... Peter
Robby Benson ... John
Arlene Farber Arlene Farber ... Martha
Tim Parkison Tim Parkison ... Gilbert
Patti Parkison Patti Parkison ... Rita
Brent Campbell Brent Campbell ... James
John Connell John Connell ... Baby
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On an endless cross-country road trip to sunny California, the photo-journalist, Jimmy Wheeler, stumbles upon the flaxen-haired seven-year-old hitch-hiker, Gilbert, somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the half-forgotten backwaters of Tennessee. However, as the kind-hearted stranger offers the innocent boy a lift to his farmhouse, Jimmy will soon find himself lured deeper and deeper into the wilderness, up against the unforeseen consequences of his generous benevolence. Is it true that no good deed goes unpunished? Written by Nick Riganas

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They Could Become the Next "Adopted Parents" of Seven Strange Children - or Their Next Victims. See more »

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil in the Swamp See more »

Filming Locations:

Lebanon, Tennessee, USA

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Production Co:

Cinemation Industries See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Jim Wheeler holds up a Polaroid camera, telling Gilbert that he uses it in photojournalism. Polaroid photos were generally low-quality, very small, short-lived images used for more casual snapshots, they have never been used for photojournalism. Photojournalism requires photos that will last a long time, can be easily archived, resized and that are very clear, so Polaroids used in photojournalism is an idea that would be considered very bad. See more »

Connections

Edited into Muchachada nui: Episode #4.3 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

All The Kind Strangers
Music and Lyrics by Regis Mull
Vocal by Robby Benson
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Decent seventies made for TV movie
29 December 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

All the Kind Strangers is basically just your average made for TV seventies movie - in that it features an interesting base plot, and lets that fill the entire runtime without even attempting to do anything else with it. The result is adequate; though underwhelming. The film begins with a man driving through the woods alone. He encounters a young boy and offers to give him a lift home. Upon arriving at the boy's home, the man finds it inhabited by children; and because his car won't start, he decides to stay there for the night. However, it turns out that the kids have broken his car to make him stay with them as they want him to be their father. The film only runs for about seventy five minutes and doesn't provide a great deal of surprises along the way. Once the plot is laid out, we are left only with the task of getting to the end. The film does feature a good leading performance from Stacy Keach, who gets into his character well and receives good feedback from the likes of Samantha Eggar and John Savage. It all boils down to a rather strange, yet disappointing ending. Overall, this is a long way from being great; but it passes the time at least and I'd say it's just about worth a look.


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