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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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Olive
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Dr. Ellins
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Harold Dennis
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Dr. Ames (as William Erwin)
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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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Che succede al povero Allan?  »

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Shot in ten days. See more »

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When Katherine and Olive go to Allan's room after Allan destroys the tape recorder, you hear the firm knocking on the door before Katherine even touches the door and after she touches the door. See more »

Quotes

[after rescuing his sister from a house fire]
Allan: I'm blind.
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A Blurry Good Time
9 December 2005 | by (The Man-Cave) – See all my reviews

Within the limitations of television, this was a tidy little entertainment. How Awful About Allan transcended the crummy cheapness that marred Made-for-TV movies from their historical onset. This pleasantly scary story was better than average because of its workmanlike performances, its unnerving story, and the fact that its main character, Tony Perkins, is not totally sympathetic.

Even if you peg the reasons that Perkins has hysterical blindness (and it's wonderfully frustrating seeing the blurred images he's seeing) from the start, the movie accomplishes what it must do right from the start--it causes you to give a damn. You watch because you must.

Finally, there's a special place in my heart for "Olive," played by the late, great Joan Hackett. She was a lovely woman whose quirky, passionate performances always seemed to lift the quality of a film an extra notch.

Anthony Perkins and Julie Harris are just fine, too.

So, get to a dollar store or the Wal-Mart dollar DVD kiosk, grab a copy of How Awful About Allan and swing by the warm blankey department--you're gonna need it.


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