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How Awful About Allan (1970)

TV Movie  -   -  Thriller  -  22 September 1970 (USA)
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After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

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Katherine
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Olive
Kent Smith ...
Raymond
Robert H. Harris ...
Dr. Ellins
Molly Dodd ...
Inmate
Billy Bowles ...
Harold Dennis
Trent Dolan ...
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Dr. Ames (as William Erwin)
Jeannette Howe ...
Katherine - Child
Kenneth Lawrence ...
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After a fire which killed his father and scarred his sister, a guilt-ridden victim of psychosomatic blindness is released from a mental hospital and goes back home to stay with his estranged sister. However, it appears that someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Allan, Wouldn't You Be Better Off Dead? See more »

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Rated PG for some violent images and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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22 September 1970 (USA)  »

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Anthony Perkins had special contact lenses made that he could barely see through, so he'd actually be nearly blind while filming his scenes. He popped the lenses in just prior to filming and was led onto the set by a crew member. See more »

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Apparently set in dead of winter (everyone keeps talking about freezing temperatures and how cold it is), but grass, trees and bushes in exterior scenes are all green. See more »

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[after rescuing his sister from a house fire]
Allan: I'm blind.
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Not great, but a good thriller
5 January 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"How Awful About Allan" was one of the first made-for-TV movies to be aired. More than forty years later, it remains a pretty good thriller. Now I have to admit that I have seen my share of thrillers over the years, so when we in the audience in the final few minutes of the movie are given the explanation as to what is actually going on - and why - well, I have to admit that I wasn't really surprised. I'm sure most modern day viewers will more or less guess what's happening before the "surprise" revelation. Still, the movie is a fairly entertaining way to pass seventy-three minutes. The acting is good (Perkins shows few other actors could play disturbed people as well as he could), and with the short running time there is seldom a moment that drags. It's worth a search, and the search should be easy since the movie has apparently come into the public domain and is available on a number of budget DVDs.


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