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The Tree (1969)

A directionless and emotionally scarred young man kidnaps his niece, the daughter of his sister with whom he has a difficult past.

Director:

Robert Guenette

Writer:

Robert Guenette
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Cast

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Jordan Christopher ... Buck Gagnon
Eileen Heckart ... Sally Dunning
George Rose ... Stuey Morgan
James Broderick ... Det. McCarthy
Ruth Ford ... Mrs. Gagnon
Fred J. Scollay ... Alex
Kathleen Ryan ... Terry
Alan Landers Alan Landers ... Jim Wisiewski
Gale Dixon Gale Dixon ... Lorry
Ed Griffith Ed Griffith ... Detective Gorman
Tom Ahearne Tom Ahearne ... Joe
Glenn Scimonelli Glenn Scimonelli ... 1st Boy on Bicycle
Alan Zemel Alan Zemel ... 2nd Boy on Bicycle
Billy King Billy King ... Delivery Boy
Ben Gerard ... Waiter

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A directionless and emotionally scarred young man kidnaps his niece, the daughter of his sister with whom he has a difficult past.

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Good Acting Distinguishes Grim Incest-Kidnap Melodrama
30 January 2020 | by jfrentzen-942-204211See all my reviews

Realistic backgrounds and skillful acting belie the low-budget of this melodrama. However, the cheap incest-kidnap plot gives it away. Christopher Jordan is unexpectedly good as a psychotic G.I., obsessed with sexual memories of his dead sister, who returns to his lower-class Polish neighborhood to kidnap his niece. Eileen Heckert and George Rose are exceptionally good as neighbors that get caught up in this strange chain of events. The convoluted plot line, told in a series of flashbacks, is sensitively written and directed but is ultimately as confusing as it is impressive. Director Robert Guenette graduated from screenwriter (THE DEFECTOR) to director (THE TREE), but then went on to create the pseudo-documentary, THE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW (1981) along with a smattering of semi-documentary TV movies, and ultimately drifted into making network TV specials.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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