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Shadow on the Land (1968)

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Patriotic freedom fighters struggle against a fascist dictatorship in a near-future USA.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Strange ...
Maj. Shepherd McCloud
Lt. Col. Andy Davis
Gen. Wendell Bruce
Rev. Thomas Davis
Abigail 'Abby' Tyler
Capt. Everett
Michael Margotta ...
Timothy Willing (as Mike Margotta)
Scott Thomas ...
Myron Healey ...
General Hempstead
Frederic Downs ...
Lt. Allen (as Johnathan Lippe)
Bill Walker ...
Mickey Sholdar ...
Ronnie Eckstine ...
Sandy McPeak ...
Ben (as Sandy Kevin)


Near-future freedom fighters battle Nazism, which has developed in the US rather than 1930's Germany. A look at an alternate history, with interesting social implications. Written by Peter Maranci <>

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4 December 1968 (USA)  »

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United States: It Can't Happen Here  »

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As the camera tracks with protagonist, a bookstore in the background displays copies of only one book: "My Struggle" by "The Leader", which is English for "Mein Kampf" by "Der Fuehrer" (Adolf Hitler). See more »


Gen. Wendell Bruce: You insist? You insist? Are you trying to give me an order? Who the h__l do you think you're talking to? "You insist"!
Gen. Hempstead: May I remind you, sir: Davis is an Army man. You've taken him into custody, arrested him for reasons unknown to us. I demand to know...
Gen. Wendell Bruce: YOU DEMAND? Let me remind you, General: the Internal Security Forces SUPERSEDE the Army! AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT! I'll arrange your resignation so fast you won't know what hit you. "You demand".
Gen. Hempstead: My apology for what might have been an ...
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One of the most important "warning" films ever made
12 July 2009 | by (Culver City, CA) – See all my reviews

"Shadow on the Land" was the first made-for-TV movie produced and broadcast on ABC and includes in its cast Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe, Gene Hackman, and Carol Lynley. Its producer, Matthew Rapf, produced series like Ben Casey and Kojak. Its screenwriter, Nedrick Young, won an Oscar as co-writer of The Defiant Ones.

I was 16 when I saw it and its portrait of the United States devolved into a fascist dictatorship made an indelible impression on me. It's one of the most important films in the library of liberty ever made, and it deserves to be revived and seen by every lover of freedom who weeps that the United States is well down the path to tyranny shown in this movie.

But this film also shows seeds of hope, in its portrayal of an underground called the Society of Man.

Watch this! It has more power than a dozen tracts on economics and politics, or political campaigns.

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