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Amos (1985)

Amos Lasher loses his wife and home in an accident, finding himself in the care of the state, or specifically speaking, the Sunset Nursing Home. Here he finds the head nurse, Daisy Daws, ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writer:

Stanley Gordon West (book)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Amos Lasher
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Daisy Daws
Dorothy McGuire ... Hester Farrell
Pat Morita ... Tommy Tanaka
James Sloyan ... Sheriff John Thomas
Ray Walston ... Johnny Kent
Jerry Hausner ... Sol Kessler
Don Keefer ... Winston Beard
Camila Ashland ... Mildred Lasher (as Camila Ashlend)
Frances Bay ... Lydia
Frederick Coffin ... Roland
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Dorothy Dearborn
Helen Martin ... Mrs. McKenzie
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Helen
Pamela Dunlap ... Leah
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Amos Lasher loses his wife and home in an accident, finding himself in the care of the state, or specifically speaking, the Sunset Nursing Home. Here he finds the head nurse, Daisy Daws, ruling the cowed patients with an iron hand, but as his determination to get out of Sunset grows, the more sinister his situation becomes. Written by David Carroll

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amos, le grand-père justicier See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas' campaign against the abuse of the elderly resulted in his being cited a third time in the Congressional Record, according to writer Michael Buckley. See more »

Quotes

Hester Farrell: [Amos tells Hester that he is dying] How much time do you have?
Amos Lasher: Time enough to hit one more outta the park.
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Connections

Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

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Kirk and Liz challenge Jack and Louise...
8 February 2008 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

AMOS was a surprisingly effective TV-movie which owes a lot to ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, but stands on its own as competent little shocker. Kirk Douglas, who ironically starred in CUCKOO'S NEST on Broadway, plays the title role here, a cantankerous senior citizen who finds himself committed to a senior citizens facility that is run by an iron-fisted nurse (Elizabeth Montgomery)who Amos suspects is over stepping the bounds of her authority by physically abusing the clients and robbing them of their life savings. Stanley Gordon West's strong teleplay is an asset,but what makes this film sizzle is the cat and mouse game between Amos and the head nurse, who Montgomery bone-chillingly brings to life in one of her best performances, burying her Samantha Stephens image forever. Strong support is also provided by screen veterans Dorothy McGuire, Pat Morita, and Ray Walston but it is the Emmy-nominated performances by Douglas and Montgomery that are the main selling points here. It's no CUCKOO'S NEST, but it is an entertaining second cousin.


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