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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

A mute, autistic boy stumbles upon a teenage girl who has been kidnapped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals intent on extorting diamonds from her rich stepfather.

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Guerdon Trueblood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiffany Bolling ... Jessie
Ben Piazza ... Avery
Susan Sennett ... Candy
Brad David ... Alan
Vince Martorano ... Eddy
Bonnie Boland Bonnie Boland ... Audrey
Jerry Butts Jerry Butts ... Dudley
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Boss
Dolores Dorn ... Katherine
Phyllis Major Phyllis Major ... Lisa
Bill Woodard Bill Woodard ... Charlie
Christopher Trueblood Christopher Trueblood ... Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen Earl Hansen ... Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman Harry Kronman ... Deli Owner
John Bill John Bill ... Policeman
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A mute, autistic boy stumbles upon a teenage girl who has been kidnapped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals intent on extorting diamonds from her rich stepfather.

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For 16 year old Candy, dying would have been easier! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The story was inspired by the real-life Barbara Jane Mackle kidnapping incident that happened in Florida in 1968. See more »

Quotes

Avery: [to Jessie] What are my chances of getting out of this?
Jessie: [to Alan] Lie to Him
Alan: [to Avery] Pretty good!
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Connections

References The Longest Night (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Money Is the Root of All Happiness
Music and Lyrics by Steve Singer (as Stephen Singer) and Jay Stewart
Sung by Kerry Chater
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Not Quite The Lost Grindhouse Gem Of the 70s But,,,,,,,
7 December 2007 | by grimsbybkkSee all my reviews

What an oddball mixture we have here. The plot concerns 3 inept but vicious thugs including a very attractive blonde who kidnap a teenage schoolgirl in order collect a half a million bucks from her father as with all of these schemes things just don't go to plan, stupidity and mayhem follow. This movie has a look and feel of a 70s made for TV thriller punctured with scenes of violence and comic relief straight from the grind house " how to make a movie guidebook " The characters are all as amoral as you can get with the exception of Candy and a little mute boy!!! The pace of the movie moves a little too slow in parts particularly in the middle section but picks momentum big time during the almost " jaw dropping " conclusion. In fact the conclusion is what has set this movie apart ( I think ) from many other similar but easily forgettable movies from the period. It shows several shocking, intelligent and believable plot twists, with the last being the most shocking of all. This movie isn't as visceral as Last House on the Left or as controversial as Fight for Your Life but has more than a good deal of intelligence and directorial talent than most of the 70s offerings, So check it out. And with the recent Subversive DVD release of this not quite a classic but... It is no more one of those " lost gems "


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Candy Snatchers See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Marmot Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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