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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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There's Nothing More Dangerous Than a Kind Face. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Company Credits

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 »

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Music, Lyrics and Vocal by Regis Mull
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The Sinister Waltons
22 February 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Who would have thought that the harmless act of a lone man stopping in his car on a country road and offering a small child a lift in his car would result in such grief? Stacey Keach indulges in such unselfish behaviour, and finds himself held captive as the new 'Pa' of a very strange family of children. D'oh!

Stacey's a travelling photo-journalist and after driving down the most inhospitable road in existence, ends up at a house containing several kids, including a young (and angry!) John Savage. Yeah, he can be their new Pa alright, as long as they don't kill him first! Stacey's quick on the uptake, however, figuring out that 'Ma' probably shouldn't be frightened out of her wits or have an English accent, plus, the fact that John Savage parked Stacey's new car at the bottom of the creek is a major clue that something ain't right either.

But he can just walk out and escape, right? Well, apart from being locked up at night, the mute kid that's always sneaking about, and all them dogs trained to eat reluctant surrogate parents (oh, and all the traps) Stacey's having a bit of trouble calling all this off.

This film starts off great, but being a TV movie, it's severely hampered by…well, being a TV movie. So there's no gore, or nudity, and the ending kind of sucks. Nice premise though, and Stacey "You don't forget the taste of human flesh" Keach is always worth watching in anything, really.

Surely it's online somewhere for nothing.


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