This is the story of a 33 year old man, Jim Fuller, released from prison after serving a three year term for intent to commit child molestation. Fuller is assisted by the prison psychiatrist in obtaining a position. He does well in this position and falls in love with the secretary of the owner of the company. A child is molested and beaten in the town where he now lives and the police pick him up for questioning. He has an alibi and is released, but a reporter who covered his former trial recognizes him. The reporter begins to follow him and reports that Fuller spent time alone with the daughter of his girl friend. Written by
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I caught this film on TV back in the late 70s. A local station showed it late one night with no cuts and no commercial interruptions. Over 20 years later I still remember it. Even when I saw it (about 1979) it was strong stuff for TV. For one thing it shows the child molestor (Stuart Whitman) in a sympathetic light...you see he has no power over his impulses and, at one point, gets sick just before he's about to molest a small girl. Then there are the scenes of group therapy when he's in prison--the language is pretty frank (again, for its time) and it doesn't hold back in its subject matter.
It doers have its slow moments when him and Maria Schell were falling in love, but the performances by Whitman and Schell pull it through. The film is (almost) ruined by a stupid happy ending (probably imposed by the studio)...almost. It's sadly a forgotten film today...purportedly there was a DVD release earlier this year with no fanfare whatsoever. Still, this is worth searching out. It deals with a sensitive subject intelligently and with taste. See "Happiness" for a much more graphic view.
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